Ask Leo Kapetanakos why he opened up DeNiro's Pizzeria & Subs on Belair Road on Monday morning—he laughs and says, "It's fun."
The manager and Perry Hall resident then becomes serious while speaking about Hurricane Sandy.
"I live only about two miles from here. The other two guys live about two and a half miles away. I didn't ask anyone to come in who wasn't comfortable driving," Kapetanakos said, adding that the restaurant would likely close by the mid-afternoon.
Ace Hardware on Ebenezer Road also opened on Monday, but was expected to close by the evening.
General manager Greg Dopkowski stated in an email that the store would stay open to sell gas cans, batteries, flashlights and extension cords as long as possible.
While most of the community's grocery stores and gas stations remained open into the afternoon, many area shops, restaurants and banks appeared not to have opened at all on Monday morning.
All Baltimore County schools were called off on Monday and Tuesday, as well as local private schools, including Perry Hall Christian School and St. Joseph School.
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