GRANTS PASS, Ore. — After freezing pipes shut down the Powderhorn cafe for a few days, owner Tina Gotchall was glad to be back in business Tuesday morning. She said this is the worst storm she can remember in the 27 years of her restaurant.
“About, oh, 11 o’clock, we had a full dining room full of people and my mother and my cook came over and said ‘you know, we hear running water somewhere,’” said Gotchall.
After reopening on Tuesday, pipe had burst and when a plumber came out the problem pipe was suspected to be far beyond the only crawlspace until Gotchall discovered something she had never noticed.
“We found an old crawl space where my mom makes pies and I didn’t even know it was there and we opened it up and that’s when where the pipe was. I mean water was just going everywhere!” said Gotchall
Gotchall had spent the night at her restaurant during the beginning of the storm, forgetting that her pipes at home were also vulnerable. Those pipes also froze leaving her with no running water at her home or business. She turned to a friend at the Shilo Inn who welcomed her and others impacted by the storm, offering rooms at a discounted price.
“We’re here and we’re not going to put the hurt on you, we’re going to help you out and that’s what this community is really all about,” said Shilo Inn General Manager Mark Gatlin.
Gotchall expects the Powderhorn cafe to reopen bright and early Thursday morning and thanks the local community for their support.
“Everybody got a shower and had their spirits lifted and a good night’s sleep and I was rearing to go today!” said Gotchall.