WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The boil water advisory in Wichita is impacting thousands, from homeowners to businesses. Some stores were forced to close Thursday evening. Those that did stay open had to get creative.
Many restaurants KSN’s Zach Martin went to were closed before he even pulled up to the front door, but the ones that remained open had to make some quick changes in order to keep customers safe.
Church’s Chicken on East 13th stayed open for customers but had to adapt.
“Right now, what we’re doing is we’re not serving any drinks right now,” explained Raven Lacy, assistant manager. “When we’re washing our dishes we are boiling our hard water.”
On East 17th, Fairmount Coffee Company also stayed open for customers.
“In the restaurant business, we have to deal with a lot of different things and you have to be willing to be flexible,” said Paige Edgington, Fairmount Coffee Company manager. “But to be honest, it was pretty surprising to hear that’s what’s going on. We’ll have to adapt. We’ll shift. We’ll do what we need to do.”
“Most of what we make is made with water, so we’re not able to make anything or serve any customers,” she said. “We’re just going to be cautious and take precautions to make sure our customers are safe.”