NAPLES, Fla. - More than 8,000 businesses and homes are without gas Thursday night, but not just in Lee County. More than 40 miles away from the explosion, restaurants on 5th Avenue South in Naples had to shut their doors, loosing out on thousands of dollars worth of business.
Gas burners are what many of the restaurants rely on to make food. Managers say they realized around 5 p.m. they would not have gas, which is when many were filling up with their early dinner crowds.
What's worse is that some restaurants had to watch others just across the street packed to the rim because not everyone lost gas. Additionally, the cool weather and start of the season had hundreds of visitors in the area.
Some business, like McCabe's Irish Pub & Grill, offered a limited "gas crisis" menu.
The Naples Fired Department says they also received calls about restaurants in the Village on Venetian Bay and US 41 also loosing gas. Many of the restaurants say they have no idea when they will be able to open back up.