PHOTOS: Surviving Sandy on Main Street in Downtown Port Jefferson

After the flood, businesses try to get back to normal - or something like it.

Signs of the times include a stack of New York Times sitting in front of the door of a darkened Starbucks in Port Jefferson on Main Street. Somehow the delivery truck made it but they weren't open to receive them. Some restaurants still had power and improvised by serving breakfast or whatever they could cook up for people coming down to the village.

Over at the newly opened Twilight Cafe in Harbor Square Mall, Daniel Battaglia and Mark Romano were fixing breakfast and filling in the gap with 50 cent cups of coffee.

"We made pancakes all three days," said Battaglia.

Of course with no phone or Internet service they were only accepting cash but since were one of the only restaurants in the village with power, the people came.

"It was crazy," Battaglia said.

Juniors Spycoast was also open with no power. They were serving beer to a few customers by the glow of one little light.

Others vowed to open this weekend no matter what. Shari Damianos, manager of the Pindar Wine Store, said she'd be open with or without power for the registers, going old school if they had to.

"We'll use a cash box," she said.

The downtown area got a visit from local politicians as well on Thursday. County Supervisor Steve Bellone, New York State Senator Ken LaValle, Suffolk County Legis. Kara Hahn and New York State Assemb. Steve Emglebright all toured the village, visitng with business owners and taking in the damage.

In little ways, the village is coming back. It still has a ghost town quality but the electricity is being restored, slowly and many are chipping in to help each other.

At Port Jefferson Brewing Company they are offering free WiFi, charging stations and hot and cold filtered water all weekend.

"We're here to help," they posted on Facebook.


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