A few hours after Hurricane Irma finally left Florida, Miami is essentially on lock-down. Trees cover most streets, downed power lines dangle dangerously all over town and curfews remain in place. So opening for business was basically impossible for most local restaurants today.
But a few hardy exceptions managed to open their doors and feed hungry residents tired of two straight days munching on stale hurricane kits.
In Brickell, La Sandwicherie opened at 8 a.m. to a steady stream of locals looking for a fresh meal. Owner Olivier Farrat says he was fortunate to be able to re-open so quickly.
"We stayed open on Saturday and I knew I'd reopen as soon as possible," says Farrat. "We got lucky."
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Farrat's Miami Beach shop is still closed, though, and probably won't reopen until tomorrow.
Downtown, one small Cuban shop opened its ventanita this morning to serve cafecitos and breakfast to a small crowd who mostly walked or biked over.
For many, it was the first hot food they'd had since Friday.