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Grand Isle still suffering one year after oil spill

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Posted: Apr 20, 2011 2:53 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Apr 20, 2011 5:53 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Starfish Restaurant, Sarah's Restaurant, Grand Isle, oil spill, business

GRAND ISLE - Restaurants on Grand Isle are still feeling the pain of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, one year later.

The Starfish Restaurant hardly serves a breakfast some mornings, compared with the packed chairs they would normally expect this time of year.

That is because most of the thousands of cleanup workers hired by BP are gone, chopping the number of hungry customers each day from 300 to 150 on a good day.

"Oh, definitely there was suffering. There will always be suffering," Belle Brandl, a waitress at Starfish said.

Sarah's Restaurant just down the street is in the same dire straits, struggling to pay electric bills and even workers.

With vacationers returning at a much slower pace than they had expected, workers are anxious for things to return to normal, but they don't have any idea when that may be.

"I don't know, to tell you the truth. I don't know. I hope it's not too long," cook Rhonda Luent said.

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