CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Monday starts the first ever Charleston Restaurant Week, as many venues are preparing for crowds and to use more bottled water than ever.
Many local restaurants aren't taking any chances. "Guests could get sick and every day there's something new, so just to be safe. We're doing the right thing and that's all you can do," says Bridge Road Bistro General Manager, Sandy Call.
With a big week ahead, many restaurants including Bridge Road Bistro and Bluegrass Kitchen are stocked up with bottled water. Bridge Road Bistro Sous Chef, Eric Peebles, says, "We probably go through at least six or seven five gallon jugs of water a day."
Monday starts the biggest time of 2014 for local restaurants. Charleston Restaurant Week will kick off for the first time ever.
"I think it's great timing. I think it's a great opportunity for guests to come in," says Call.
Especially after losing revenue for at least three days, restaurants hurt by the chemical leak are hoping to make it all up. They're still using gallons of water for just about everything, though.
"We're using bottled water to prepare the food and clean the food. We're using bottled and canned water, that Proud Eagle was so kind to donate, for our guests as well."
It's a big task, made even harder with a potential increase in reservations this week, but it's something restaurants say is worth it.
"It's a huge investment, but when it comes down to it, you have to do the right thing," Call said. "You have to do what you would do at home, for your guests."
It's also an added bonus that guests appreciate. Customer Hani Nazha says, "they lifted the bans on the water, so technically we can drink it, but some of us have some OCD kind of things still, so I usually choose a restaurant where they serve bottled water."
Restaurants are accepting reservations now. For more on Charleston Restaurant Week 2014, click on the link.