Grove Arcade gas leak causes shake-up, revenue loss for businesses

Grove Arcade is a historic shopping center and residential property at 1 Page Avenue in downtown Asheville.

ASHEVILLE – Grove Arcade businesses that were forced to close due to a gas leak at the downtown mall have resumed operations, but not without some businesses experiencing a significant loss of revenue after several days of shuttered.

“On (June 5), we had to close the restaurant in the middle of dinner service with a full house. We had guest dishes on the gas range that had to be finished in the wood fired pizza oven,” Hector Diaz, Modesto chef and owner, said in an email. “Many of our guests who were already seated (about 27 people) were unable to receive service. We had to turn away an additional 25-50 guests via reservations and walk-ins. We have also had to cancel the entire week’s worth of reservations.”

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