Local coffee shops are getting an unusual swarm of customers this Monday, as residents without power look for places to warm up, charge phones and check emails.
According to NSTAR, nearly 500 customers in Arlington are still without power this Monday, down to about half of the outages reported on Sunday evening. The company's estimate is that for energy to be restored, after a rare .
The line at in Arlington Heights has been long and slow. Just getting a bagel with cream cheese can take up to 15 minutes, as several employees rush back and forth behind the counter, taking phone orders and trying to mitigate the line that goes all the way to the store’s entrance.
The scene is the same at most of Arlington’s coffee shops.
Erica Walker, an employee at , said traffic at the coffee shop has been slower this afternoon. But things weren’t calm just hours before.
“We had a really busy morning,” she added.
Ashley Aruda, of Tewksbury, tried two locations before finally finding a spot at Panera, where she asked someone to share a table with her.
“I had never been to this Panera before, but this seems like a crazy crowd,” said Aruda, a freelance publicist who needed to charge up her laptop to work. “I had to fight to get a table. It’s kind of nuts."