NEW YORK — Many of New York City’s small businesses were open and bustling Tuesday after Hurricane Sandy passed, while larger chains like Starbucks remained shuttered. In fact, some small businesses never closed because of the storm.
Big Nick’s Burger Pizza Joint at 77th and Broadway was open all night, even through the hurricane. Co-owner Sheri Kern said she couldn’t have closed, even if she wanted to, because the policy of staying open 365 days means there’s no key for the front door. “I had to make a key [when we closed] for Irene, but I don’t know what I did with it,” Kern said.
Though Big Nick’s was full of people on Tuesday looking for some relief from cabin fever, Kern didn’t think the restaurant would make much of a profit, mostly because of the costs of taxi and car services for workers to get to the business and their inability to deliver food, due to debris on the streets.
Knowing the restaurant probably wouldn’t make money, even with almost complete lack of competition in the area, Kern said the eatery stayed open nonetheless because co-owner Nick Imirziades “doesn’t want to see [the business] closed — ever. He opened this place when he was 22, which was 50 years ago. Closing makes him sad. He couldn’t go through
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