Power outage hits Allston

NStar crews are investigating a power outage that affected about 800 customers in the Allston and Brighton neighborhoods of Boston this afternoon, a spokesman for the utility company said.

“We’re not sure yet what caused this outage,” said David Branda, the spokesman.

Power was restored to about 500 customers by 3:30 this afternoon, he said.

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Branda said the outage affected customers in the area of North Beacon Street and Brighton Avenue.

The company does not yet have a timeframe for restoration to the remaining customers, he said.

“We will try to get all customers restored as soon as possible,” Branda said.

The cause of the outage appears to be a fault on an electrical line in the area, he said.

Deep Ellum on Cambridge Street lost power about 1:30 p.m., forcing the restaurant and bar to stop serving food for about two hours.

“It is definitely affecting us,” owner Max Toste said. “Our coolers are good to go for another hour or so, then we’ll have to go get dry ice and put it in the freezers.”

Toste said about 35 people were in the restaurant when the power went out.

“Today is one of the better days it could happen though,” Toste said. “Everyone is at the beach, not hanging around Allston.”

Power was restored about 3:25 p.m., he said.

Some customers without power Sunday afternoon were also affected by an outage Saturday, Branda said. That outage was likely caused by an equipment malfunction in a manhole, he said. Power was restored to all customers before going out again, he said.

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