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Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 1:31 pm

Several downtown Leesburg businesses—including mainstays Lightfoot Restaurant, Paynes Biker Bar and Shoes Cup and Cork Club—still sit dark today, four days after a wall of sheer power swept through Loudoun County leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity.

Most of the outages hit businesses north of Market Street in downtown.

“It’s just one big nightmare,” Lightfoot Executive Chef Ingrid L. Gustavson said Tuesday.

The restaurant’s 90 employees have waited in limbo, checking in each day to see if they can get back to work. One employee has already quit, Gustavson said, and each day she’s had to toss hundreds of dollars worth of food.

“It’s a total waste,” she said, adding that it’s particularly frustrating to see the light pole in front of the restaurant with power. “They’re not saying anything about when we’ll get power."

Dedicated Payne’s Biker Bar patrons sipped cold beer in the un-air-conditioned joint late Monday. A sign posted out front advertised that the bar did not have food, but beer on ice.

It seems businesses in the heart of downtown should be a priority as Dominion Power restores what Friday’s storm destroyed. But speaking with the county Board of Supervisors Monday, company representatives said Dominion Power is having to practically rebuild parts of the power grid, and power lines that will bring the greatest number of customers back online become the priority.

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