SDG&E investigating cause of outage that affected thousands of customers

Outage affected downtown, Hillcrest, Bankers Hill

SAN DIEGO - San Diego Gas & Electric is investigating Thursday what caused more than 3,700 customers to lose power  in parts of downtown San Diego, Bankers Hill, Old Town and Hillcrest.

The outage was reported just before 7 p.m. Wednesday. 

Restaurants like Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill sent patrons home by candlelight.

"Lights just went out," said restaurant patron Chuck Weir. "The waitress was in the middle of opening up our wine, the lights went out and she said, 'Hopefully this won't take too long.'"

The lights were out in some of San Diego's busiest spots and it appeared it would be that way all night.

"A half hour later, she came back and said that SDG&E says it won't be on until 11 p.m.," said Weir.

Restaurant staff then cleared the place out. When they started cleaning up, the power was restored. While that was good news for a table of wine-drinking stragglers, it was not so good for business.

Employee Rachel Baudrey told 10News, "Actually, the owner took it upon herself to call all of the future reservations tonight… to tell them to not come in."

When asked if they were any special occasions that might have been ruined, Baudrey said, "Birthdays, wedding proposals, all kinds of things here."

Power was restored to most affected customers at about 9 p.m.

As of about 4:00 a.m., only 383 customers were without power, according to the utility's website. Power was expected to be restored to those customers after 5 a.m. Thursday.

It is unclear what caused the outage.

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