By Joe Chivers
A MUCH-LOVED Nerja restaurant, Fusion Food and Lounge, has been paying the price after its power was suddenly cut off last Friday evening.
The popular eatery was forced to close its doors just before the weekend rush due to the black-out, with total losses thought to exceed €5,000.
After electricity bills had begun spiralling out of control in the previous months, the plug was pulled before they could pay.
Speaking to the Olive Press, co-owner Kim Kurttila estimated a loss of around €500-1000 each day since the power cut.
“We’ve been struggling, and done our best, and it was really starting to take off,” added Kim. “We don’t know how this will affect us, we don’t want people to think we’re unreliable.”
Since Fusion opened in July 2013, the electricity bill had been around €350 a month.
But after April, the bills have been rapidly increasing, reaching a staggering €789 in August.
Their electricity company Factorenergia demanded €1561 – August and September’s invoices in advance – for the power to be restored. Kim and partner/co-owner Fredrik Kullberg settled the bill immediately but they have only just had their power switched back on this week.
The couple are also worried about the damage to Fusion’s reputation, currently rated 2nd out of 300 restaurants in Nerja on TripAdvisor.
According to an Endesa worker, it is actually against Spanish law to cut off power on a Friday, as the company cannot then be contacted until after the weekend.
A Factorenergia spokesperson told the Olive Press: “We have no comment, it was the only thing we could do in the situation.”
“If the owner of the restaurant want to make a formal claim about the energy bills or wants a study of their electricity consumption, he can ask for it.
“Factor Energia, S.A. obeys all the legal terms so we keep all the documents that prove our good faith and how we obey all the legal provisions.”