I've seen a bunch of local businesses post on Facebook about their phone service being down and reassuring people that they were indeed open tonight. Turns out, there's an issue with Comcast Voice service, which started early Wednesday afternoon.

DownDetector.com shows that this is a nationwide issue.

DownDetector.com

This could hinder routine business for some places on the SouthCoast. Instead of calling your favorite restaurant's landline, you might want to check their social media accounts first to be sure that they aren't impacted by this problem. Then you might need to get creative and make reservations or order takeout via their website, Facebook, or Twitter (each place might have a different way to handle this, so best to check first).

Please be patient and understanding, as these local spots do the best they can with this issue. I know it can be inconvenient, but it's literally out of their control. So just be kind and make the most of it. The company hopes to have the issue resolved sometime around 5 pm, so just sit tight.

***UPDATE: Some businesses are still experiencing issues on Thursday, June 7.