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Back Bay restaurants say they are "open for business"

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oAfter suffering some damage during Hurricane Sandy the restaurants located at Gardner's Basin in Atlantic City say they are now open for business - one even taking part in the city's Restaurant Week.

The outside decks facing the bay, the boats ready to set sail and restaurants waiting to serve are a combination that customers say make Gardner's Basin an Atlantic City hot spot.

But the bay side restaurants have had their hands full getting the word out that their eateries are open for business despite minor damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

"We took a little bit of a hit, and bounced right back," said Jane Williams, Owner of The Back Bay Ale House.

The Back Bay Ale House is even participating in the city's restaurant week hoping to cook up a recipe of success.

"Restaurant Week absolutely pushes our business up by at least 50%."

"You just get a lot of value for your money, and a lot of food," said customer, Susan Rosenberg.

As an Atlantic City resident Susan Rosenberg says for her, Restaurant Week is about more than just great food at a great price.

"It's great for business," said Rosenberg. "Good to have the economy coming back to life, and were here to support it."

Just a few doors down from the Back Bay Ale House is Gilchrist's.

The owners say the restaurant suffered only minor flooding during the storm but that many people are still under the impression that the restaurant was completely destroyed.

"I still get calls to this day asking if we're open," said Gilchrist's Co-Owner, Michael Barham. "If we were destroyed by Sandy, and it's crazy that the word isn't out there."

But luck was not in the cards for all of the restaurants surrounding the bay.

Jane Williams not only owns the Back Bay Ale House but also the Vagabond located in Chelsea Heights, which was severely damaged from the storm.

She hopes to get the craft beer bar back in business by St. Patrick's Day weekend to celebrate the holiday and an over all recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

Over 80 Atlantic City casino and independent restaurants will offer the Restaurant Week three-course meal, until Saturday March 9th.

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