Marathon day is usually one of the best night’s of the year for Emily Bergin, a waitress at Solas restaurant in the Lenox Hotel. The Irish pub and restaurant brims with people in the mood to eat, drink, and tip.
But not this year.
The Boylston Street pub, which reopened Tuesday night, was shuttered for more than than week after the Marathon bombings, costing the 29-year-old waitress hundreds of dollars in expected earnings.
“It puts a lot of us in a bad spot,” she said of the restaurant’s bartenders and waitresses who went without pay since last Monday. “There’s so many people worse off than me, but I still have bills to pay.”
As the businesses in the blast zone began to clean up and reopen Tuesday, thousands of Back Bay employees faced the same problem as Bergin — trying to figure out ways to cope with a sudden loss of income. Waitresses, gym workers, and countless others lost their source of income as commerce came to a screeching halt — and most are unlikely to recover their lost earnings.
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