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Potential PG&E power shutoff impact for north Chico restaurant

For four years Boyd Atkin has owned the Foodie Cafe off Airpark Boulevard in Chico. It's one of the areas PG&E plans to temporarily shut off power to Saturday night.

Posted: Oct 5, 2019 6:42 PM

CHICO, Calif. - "This is our condiment refrigerator," said Boyd Atkin, the owner of Foodie Cafe.

For four years Boyd Atkin has owned the Foodie Cafe off Airpark Boulevard in Chico.

It's one of the areas PG&E plans to temporarily shut off power to Saturday night. 

"It irritates me there's no reason for it," Atkin said. 

PG&E says they decide when to turn off power based on high fire danger such as high winds, low humidity levels and red flag warnings - all a concern.

"I can see some quick shutoffs once in a while but you know to shut off a whole area like this? No fire is going to come here," Atkin said.

Atkin says he's worried about losing lots of money if the power is shut off to his restaurant.

That's why he is prepared with three generators just in case.

"There's a lot of food in that refrigerators. Fresh produce, meat, things that won't last long without the refrigeration," Atkin said.


"I mean I understand it, it's just we've gone all these years without it, without them having to shut down just because they screwed up and burned down a couple of cities. you know their equipment needed to be maintained better," Atkin said. 

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