MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
New restaurant, new crisis.
"I got really stressed out. I thought I was going to be without a job," said Boiling Pot kitchen manager Chris Spragg.
That's how Spragg felt back in late April when the Deepwater Horizon exploded, starting a massive leak that has yet to be fully plugged.
Today, Spragg is still very much employed on his feet but the prices at the Boiling Pot are inching skyward. Customers are paying one dollar more on most entrees. Spragg says the small crowd on this day is very misleading because the restaurant, says Srpagg, makes most of its money on the weekend.
"The shrimp po-boy is $8.99. This is all because fishermen have limited space to fish now," said Spragg.
In fact as of late last week the feds closed more than 88,000 square miles of Gulf waters to fishermen. Translated another way, 30% of Louisiana and Mississippi's waters are now closed to fishing.
Richard Hulcher and his family say they don't mind paying a little more for their seafood.. for now.
"We do eat seafood. It would have go up another two or three dollars," said Hulcher of Montgomery.
There is another battle the industry is fighting. Officials from 5 states and the federal government are currently doing lab and sniff tests with the hope that will prevent oily seafood from getting to the table.
"I just don't think our governments, state, local and federal will let that happen," said a confident Hulcher.
What is happening is the oil continues to leak although reportedly at a slower pace, a harsh reality for a Montgomery eatery that just opened a month and a half ago.