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Vista restaurant and bar owners hoping for a better night of business after power outage

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Restaurant and bar owners in the Vista are hoping for a better night of business Saturday.

On Friday, a roughly 6 hour power outage left nearly 1,000 SCE&G customers in the dark in the Vista, and some businesses had to close their doors.

"We have 1,700 residents living in the Vista, over 60 restaurants and bars open in the Vista on a Friday night, and our busiest operating hours are from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.," said Sarah Lewis, executive director of the Vista Guild. "It's possible that thousands of tourists, patrons and businesses were affected by last night's outage."

Some business owners say the communication between SCE&G and the businesses could have been better.

Eddie Wales, who owns Motor Supply Co. Bistro, said he lost about half of his business Friday.

Wales said half his power went out around 7:15 p.m. so he had to scramble guests from one portion of the restaurant to another.

"There were so many visitors in town yesterday," Wales said. "A lot of parents bringing freshmen in to look at the university and decide whether to come here, and they're looking forward to it. They plan their trip, they made their reservations ahead of time, and their first experience with the City of Columbia and the Vista is, 'Well, we don't have half our power. We don't know what's going on. We can't serve you."

A spokesperson from SCE&G said the cause was due to an underground line and they are still investigating what happened.

Power was restored to the Vista around midnight.

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