"It's more than a life saver. This is like the Coast Guard," said Brian DeLeon, a straight restaurant worker who had not visited the bar before.
"These are the people who take you up out of the water and make life livable. Once I get back to work, I'm coming back here."
Before you make tracks for happy hour, though, city officials are still encouraging residents to stay away because of the absence of electricity and a dearth of running water.
It could take up to a month for the ravaged city to restore its utilities and clean up enough to welcome residents home. And don't even ask about the cruise ships coming back...
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