She said the explosions, and the hiatus from work, had been draining on the restaurant’s staff. “Everyone is emotionally spent and exhausted but anxious to get back to work,” Caloggero said.
Inside the Globe Bar & Cafe, open bottles of white zinfandel and Sauvignon blanc lay undisturbed as workers began to empty ice bins, clean sinks with bleach, and close out tabs from customers who left their credit cards at the restaurant.
“I don’t know what to feel right now — it’s a tense time,” said Con Coen, a Globe bar manager.
Hazmat vehicles, police, and EMTs hummed along Boylston throughout the day. City workers surveyed owners to catalog details about building damages, spoiled food, and lost revenue. They also collected insurance information to help expedite reimbursement for merchants who have lost tens, if not hundreds of thousands, of dollars in recent days.
Kevin Houlker, property manager for 755 Boylston St., watched crews board windows on the eight-story building, near where the second blast seriously injured two employees of the Forum restaurant on the ground floor. The restaurant was covered in black panels; nearly every window was shattered or blown off its hinges.
At Life is Good, employees collected wallets, bags, and laptops that were left behind. Scattered throughout the office were the orange and blue bracelets they had handed out at the Marathon, emblazoned with the words “Positive Purpose” and “Good Vibes.”
On Wednesday, workers from the company’s office on Boylston Street will join employees from its Newbury Street store and walk to the bombing sites to heal together. The merchandise store sells items with the company’s logo and slogans.
“Yes it was challenging. Sadness hit all of us, and we all process it differently and uniquely,” company executive Roy Heffernan said of trying to live the “Life is Good” mission of optimism over the past week.
“But at the end of the day what matters is how quickly we turn what was real tragedy into something that binds us and brings us closer together.”