WASHINGTON - There were many winners and losers after the Blizzard of 2016 came through the D.C. region.
Grocery stores, gas stations and bars were the clear winners during the major snowstorm. They all cashed in during the DMV’s whiteout this past weekend, capitalizing on customers needing supplies or just needing a change of scenery.
“We were able to open on Sunday,” said Danny Lledo, chef and owner of Slate Wine Bar and Bistro in Northwest D.C.
He said customers came pouring in, and once the snowfall stopped, it was business as usual.
“Monday made up for Saturday and that was great,” said Lledo. “I think everything is going to average out over the last week, with this week being Restaurant Week. So we're thankful for that.”
In Tenleytown, T Salon owner Tung Tran said 30 clients canceled their appointments on Saturday alone.
“On Saturday, the snow was almost two feet high and I couldn't get in, so most of the clients canceled,” he said.
Hair salons, movie theaters and food delivery spots lost big during the blizzard. For many, there is no way to make it up.
“I guess I will just have to go with other business,” said Tran. “It's the nature so there's nothing we can do about it.”
Who was the biggest winner of all? It is likely the people clearing the snow – plow truck drivers.
One plow truck driver said he is making $100 per hour clearing snow.