DANVILLE, W.Va. -- Betty Dolin is saving every receipt from purchasing bottled water for her business. Dolin is a co-owner of Park Avenue Restaurant in Danville located in Boone County. The community staple known for its country cooking and friendly faces had to close for three and half days after the Jan. 9 chemical leak that contaminated water in nine West Virginia counties.
Beyond Charleston the story remains the same for restaurants.
"People don't trust the water," Dolin said.
And that's why Dolin is bearing the financial burden of providing bottled water for cooking, washing and drinking for the restaurant.
"They ask us when they come if we are using bottled water," said Judy Akers, who works at Park Avenue. "That's why I put the note on the door."
Like other restaurants in the affected counties, Park Avenue was closed by orders from the health department. The restaurant opened back up with a very limited menu on Monday.
They served sandwiches with paper plates and cups. Not the "table food" such as biscuits and gravy or fried liver customers come in for, Akers said.
Dolin isn't sure how much the situation will impact the business.
"We've felt the impact though," Dolin said. "I never thought anything like that would happen."
Despite not getting many customers when they were serving just sandwiches Akers was happy to be back working.
"I have to work. I'm on a fixed income. I'm a widow," Akers said.
Akers missed a week of work because of the water situation. She estimates losing at least $200 in wages. The restaurant is her main source of income.
"It's really going to impact my money situation. Everything is going to be behind," Akers said. "I couldn't sleep [because] I was worrying about bills."