Published: Nov 16, 2010 12:49 AM EST
Updated: Nov 15, 2010 9:47 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Nearly 500 southwest Florida businesses remain without gas, while those who have got theirs turned back say their losses range from $500-$50,000.

Some businesses offering discounts to customers this week to try and drive in the business lost over the weekend.

Most restaurants were forced to close Friday, one day after a gas line explosion cut off thousands - while others had to keep their doors shut Saturday as well.

"We probably took at least a $30,000 loss over those two days," said Dinah Leach, a manager at Bistro 41.

Other businesses say their losses hurt so much they're looking at filing claims with their insurance company, and even researching if they can file one with TECO, the gas company responsible.