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Back Bay power outage affects area businesses yet again

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BOSTON ( – The power came back on at about 10 a.m. in Boston's Back Bay Sunday morning, but it was certainly an inconvenience, one many residents and area businesses are becoming quite familiar with.

With the Red Sox double header, one of the largest Pride Festivals in the country, and the Bruins victory, all happening in Boston this weekend, it was not a great time for the power to go out.

The transformer at the Scotia Street substation blew for the second time in a little over a year early Sunday morning.

The outage was a setback for many area businesses, including Abe & Louie's, a restaurant on Boylston Street.

"It's more of an inconvenience for the starting crew more than anything. Our crew gets in at 7 o'clock and kinda' waited around until the power was back on," Tim Fannin, one of the restaurant's employees, told FOX 25's Crystal Haynes.

However, Abe & Louie's counted themselves lucky this time around.

In March 2012, a fire at the Scotia Street substation caused a two-day black out that few will forget.

"Last year we were closed for several days, this was just a matter of a couple of hours," Fannin said.

Many of the restaurants in the Back Bay neighborhood are still trying to recoup losses suffered during the Boston Marathon bombings and the investigation, which closed down the area for more than a week.

"A lot of businesses were out of power and it's too bad because from the bombings and everything else, we were out of work for like 11 days, and it's been hard being in and out of work here," Andrew Porter, a Max Brenner employee, said.

At its height, approximately 12,000 NStar customers were in the dark, including many hotel guests who were in town for weekend festivities.

Joe Denincio traveled from Tampa, Fla. to see both the Bruins and Red Sox games, and despite the power outage, Denincio remained upbeat and understanding.

"No electricity. No cold water. But, hey, we're in Boston. The Bruins are going to the Stanley Cup. The Red Sox won last night. It's life. Everybody's okay," he said.

The transformer is expected to be repaired by 5 a.m. Monday.

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