Basement flood keeps Tupelo Honey closed for another week

Basement flood keeps Tupelo Honey closed for another week

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A pipe supplying water to the sprinkler system ruptured in the basement, causing a domino effect of damage. A pipe supplying water to the sprinkler system ruptured in the basement, causing a domino effect of damage.
"Coolers, storage, prep room, office equipment, the backbone of the business was down there," said Tupelo Honey General Manager Laurie Kunze. "Coolers, storage, prep room, office equipment, the backbone of the business was down there," said Tupelo Honey General Manager Laurie Kunze.
"Our restaurant looked awesome right now, and we wanted everyone to know what it looked it, so that just put a whole damper on the weekend," Willy Rosenberg said. "Our restaurant looked awesome right now, and we wanted everyone to know what it looked it, so that just put a whole damper on the weekend," Willy Rosenberg said.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Problems continue from a ruptured water pipe in the basement of a Market Square building.

The flood forced several businesses to close and some of them will remain closed for a while to come.

Tupelo Honey, Shonos in City and the Oliver Hotel are located within the same building on Market Square.  

All three were closed Thursday, but the Oliver Hotel and Shonos re-opened Friday.  

A pipe supplying water to the sprinkler system ruptured in the basement, causing a domino effect of damage.

Crews continue clean up efforts Friday and assessed the damage caused by nearly 100,000 gallons of water that flooded the basement.  

The staff at Tupelo Honey says they have lost tens of thousands of dollars of equipment.

They hope to be open in a week, but only if they can replace the equipment that was damaged.

"Coolers, storage, prep room, office equipment, the backbone of the business was down there," said Tupelo Honey General Manager Laurie Kunze.  

After being closed for a day, Shonos re-opened late Friday. A water boiler was destroyed by the flooding and had to be replaced.

Owner Willy Rosenberg says a substantial amount of his equipment stored in the restaurant's basement was damaged from two feet of water.

He says the restaurant was re-modeled just three months ago.   

"Our restaurant looked awesome right now, and we wanted everyone to know what it looked it, so that just put a whole damper on the weekend," Rosenberg said.

The Oliver Hotel was closed most of Friday as crews restored water and fixed the hotel's air conditioning unit. 

One guest staying at the hotel Thursday was moved to the Hampton Inn in downtown Knoxville. 

The flooding was contained to the basement of the building. Nobody was hurt.

"It's terrible for the business, trying to establish themselves in Knoxville for them to be out for a week, it takes a pretty big hit for them," said Knoxville resident Matthew Patton. 

Matthew Riley, general manager of the Oliver Hotel and owner of the building, says the cost of the damage could exceed $250,000.

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