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City Of Scranton To Businesses: No Water Means No Food

Thanks to a water main break in Scranton people can expect to see a lot more porta-johns at restaurants.
Scranton, Lackawanna County - Jimmy Noraianni has no water at his house in Scranton

So, he thought he'd go to Diskins Saloon on Birney Avenue to grab a bite to eat on Friday night. However, that all changed when he walked in the door.

"You can't get it here," he said. "I had a couple of drinks. I'm going to go home now. I don't know what my wife is going to do."

Diskins is also without water. They're one of the many restaurants in Scranton that are no longer allowed to serve food until the water comes back on due to a public health concern.

"(There's) no food," Sherri Passaniti, a bartender at the saloon, said. "The kitchen is closed. (There's) no water, but we have beer! We're using all plastic cups. Everything is just plastic."

At Diskins there's hand sanitizer at the bar for people to keep clean and there are porta-johns outside for people to use the bathroom. 

There's a similar situation down the street at Joyce's Cafe.

"I don't remember anything like this before," Tom Barrett, the owner of the cafe, told Eyewitness News Friday night.

With no time table for the water leak to be repaired, Barrett said he worries what will happen if this keeps up. That's because this latest wrinkle in the fallout from the water main break on River Street in Scranton has put a hault on wing orders for the Super Bowl. It has also changed things for the local Lion's Club, which has a party scheduled there this weekend.

"We'll just have to change the menu to cold cut platters, chips, pretzels and dip," Barret said.

Both locations said they're hoping their regular customers support them while they can't serve food.
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