ComEd Serves Up Trouble For Restaurant After Utility-Pole Accident

CHICAGO (CBS) — ComEd is getting some heat, all because of a damaged power pole outside a Near North Side restaurant.

The owner says the utility has been dragging its feet and despite promises, failing to fix it. He told CBS 2’s Mike Parker it’s costing him thousands of dollars a day.

Somebody’s car ran into a power pole and came close to bringing it down. Now it barely stands, damaged and tilted at a 30-degree angle, propped up by a long boom mounted on a ComEd truck. It’s been like that for two weeks.

The Com Ed truck and yards of yellow “keep out” tape is in the rear parking lot the Pakeeza restaurant at 1011 N. Orleans. It’s a café popular with cab drivers. But because the entire lot had been closed by Com Ed until a few days ago, customers have stayed away in droves.

“People are coming and they need the parking. In this area, if you don’t have parking, you don’t have business,” owner Riyaz Muhammad said.

Taxi driver Gurpal Mangat put it this way: “Most cab drivers see there’s no parking, they go home.”

The owner says he has called Com Ed many times and got nowhere.

“Whenever I call,” says Muhammad, “holding time is 40 minutes, 50 minutes, one hour, one hour 10 minutes. That’s the holding time.”

Late Monday, after CBS 2 called the utility, ComEd promised that a repair crew would be on the scene at 9 a.m. Tuesday to fix the broken pole and reopen the lot.

Muhammad said he’ll believe it when he sees it.



    • kim

      AOL bought em out?

  • Marilyn

    I have been waiting for ComEd to come out and fix the utility pole behind my house for 3 yrs. It broke and fell down in May 2008. Power was off in the area for hours. It was put back up temporarily by reinforcing it with a couple of boards and tying a rope around it, securing it to a tree. The rope is now fraying and the boards are splintering. I have called ComEd at least 5 times complaining. They send someone out to look at it and they agree that the pole needs to be replaced ASAP but that is as far as their immediate response goes.

  • FR

    Restaurant should blame and sue whoever hit the pole.

  • scottksmith

    The best way to deal with problems like these is by certified letters sent to the appropriate parties (“return receipt requested”). You then have legal proof that you contacted them. If they don’t respond in a timely fashion, I would follow up with another certified letter pointing out the serious SAFTEY concerns you have about the situation. I would copy these letters to the state’s Public Utilities Commission and, if that doesn’t work, to all media outlets in the area AND to the politicians that serve you as well as the Govenor’s office at the State House.

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