Interesting. I own a business in Manitou that was heavily damaged in the August flooding. I applied for an SBA disaster loan. I had ALL of my paperwork in within 48 hours. Eventually I was denied because . . . I don't have flood insurance. I explained that if I had flood insurance I wouldn't be applying for a disaster loan. My flood premium quote before the flood in Manitou was 48,500.00. It is expected to double now due to the catastrophe. Last week I heard that FEMA was in town ( I have yet to be notified in any way) so I called to see if they could assist my business. No. They are only assisting individuals but they said they would be happy to refer me to the SBA who has a terrific program for assisting businesses . . .
Thank you for the suggestion that we close on slow days. Every year I consider this carefully but in the end I decide that it would be very confusing to the public to know when we are open and when we are closed. But, more importantly, up to 10 good employees would lose their jobs in the middle of winter with very little prospect of finding another job until Spring.
Regarding "The Weeds" and Adam's Mountain Cafe, we are indefensible with regard to the what happened that night and were terribly remiss. This is our slowest month of the year and we run a skeleton staff through February with the exception of Valentine's Day. My husband and I took the kids skiing and the SOS texts starting coming in around 7pm. Usually we are ready to come in instantly if we get a fluke hit but we were too far away. I tried contacting 7 employees to come in and help but none responded quickly enough to make a difference. I apologize to all those who dined at Adam's that evening. We are usually very cautious and aware of events and things happening around town that might effect business on any given night. I regret any incident that erodes the trust established between Adam's and the public. We have a Front of House meeting this weekend and "The Weeds" article will be discussed in detail as we determine what choices could have been better made to prevent such a disastrous evening.
Farley McDonough @ Adam's Mountain Cafe
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