‘The prices preserve compounding’: A North Andover cafe is girding to begin over after flood devastation


The Davis and Furber Mills improvement, which homes greater than 90 companies, was badly broken.

Gregg and Natalie Lindsay’s daughters, Caroline and Katie, behind the counter at Good Day Cafe. The cafe’s basement and most important ground flooded earlier this week, destroying gear and furnishings. Courtesy Gregg Lindsay

Regulars on the Good Day Cafe in North Andover realize it to be cozy and alluring. However they won’t acknowledge it in the event that they walked in as we speak: The lights are off, chairs are on tables, and the pastry case is empty.

It’s simply one of many many small companies shuttered this week by torrential rain and flooding in jap Massachusetts. The homeowners are decided to reopen, however they’ll virtually be ranging from scratch.

The family-owned breakfast and lunch joint isn’t any stranger to hardship: It opened for enterprise in January 2020, simply earlier than the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. However husband and spouse homeowners Gregg and Natalie Lindsay stayed the course, branching into catering, to-go ordering, and curbside pickup. Even after the worst of the pandemic had handed and so they have been capable of reopen, inflation and provide chain points lingered. It took greater than two years, Gregg stated, to return to some model of regular. 

“It actually appeared like over the past six to eight months, issues have been actually getting again on monitor and we have been wanting ahead to a shiny future,” Gregg stated. “Till final Tuesday, when the place acquired fully flooded.”

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Downpours inundated jap Massachusetts on Tuesday, pummeling the Merrimack Valley with heavy flooding. Good Day Cafe’s basement stuffed with water, and the store’s most important ground was submerged about six inches deep, Gregg stated.

“We’re going to have to begin from scratch with numerous issues,” like fridges and different digital gear ruined by water harm, he defined. A lot of the furnishings was additionally broken past restore. Then there’s the meals, which expired after the cafe misplaced energy Tuesday. By Friday, the water had receded however the cafe nonetheless had no electrical energy. 

Good Day Cafe after Tuesday’s flooding. Courtesy Gregg Lindsay
North Andover acquired greater than six inches of rain through the downpour. Courtesy Gregg Lindsay

Good Day Cafe isn’t the one small enterprise within the space that’s hurting after this week’s flooding. Your entire Davis and Furber Mills improvement in North Andover, which homes greater than 90 companies together with the cafe, was badly broken, the Boston Globe reported.

“A whole lot of good individuals which have been put into a nasty scenario,” Gregg stated. “I believe everyone’s in the identical boat. I don’t suppose anyone actually would have had flood insurance coverage.”

With out flood insurance coverage — which they by no means anticipated to want — the Lindseys should increase funds to rebuild themselves. There’s an opportunity that state and federal emergency administration companies MEMA and FEMA may present some reduction, however that might take months.

“It’s not a quick-moving course of,” Gregg stated. “And time is de facto vital proper now,” as a result of the cafe has payments to pay and staff to assist, even with no income coming in. 

Congressman Seth Moulton, who represents the realm, visited North Andover on Thursday and spoke to press outdoors Davis and Furber Mills. He stated it’s too early to say whether or not there will probably be federal help for the group there, in response to the Globe. However he added that disasters like this one have been getting tougher to disregard, even for “all of the local weather deniers in Congress.”

“It’s hitting their districts, too,” Moulton stated.

A GoFundMe began by a household buddy has already raised greater than $18,000. Studying by the record of donors, Gregg acknowledged many Good Day Cafe clients’ names.

“We’ve developed numerous nice relationships,” he stated. “It sort of places issues in perspective that they’re in our camp and so they need to see us reopen and so they actually love this place.”

As beneficiant because the donations are, they pale compared to the total value of reviving the cafe. 

“It’s the tip of the iceberg, what we’re seeing proper now,” Gregg is aware of. “And when you begin to dig in a little bit bit extra … the prices preserve compounding.”

The Lindsays have each intention of bouncing again. Their aim is to reopen within the coming months, Gregg stated, although nothing is for certain after a catastrophe like this one.