Kaiser said Steak Escape's plan came together quite quickly, as the restaurant has experience working without running water during offsite events, such as Taste of Charleston and the Blues, Brews & BBQ festival.
While being without water has been difficult, Kaiser said losing electricity during the 2012 derecho -- a destructive set of thunderstorms that left much of the state without electricity and water -- was much more detrimental to the business.
"We lost a lot more product," Kaiser said. "I'm not diminishing the effect on our water, but the electric for our business ... it's much easier to fix.
"Poisoning the water is ridiculous. How do you overcome that?"
Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn restaurants remain closed, despite being listed as open on the Health Department website, according to spokesperson Mike Bernstein.
Restaurants and bars in the affected area that have reopened include:
* The Boulevard Tavern, 806 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, 304-205-7951
* Bluegrass Kitchen, 1600 Washington St. E., Charleston, 304-346-2871
* Dairy Winkle, 162 Campbells Creek Drive, 304-925-6800
* Monkey Barrel Bar & Grille, 214 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, 304-343-6969
* Rallows Place, 4030 Washington St. W., Charleston, 304-205-7974
* Rally's, 1667 3rd Ave., Charleston, 304-345-2808
* Sam's Uptown Café, 28 Capitol St., Charleston, 304-346-6222
Reach Rachel Molenda at rachel.mole...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5102.