On theMonday following what Governor Martin O'Malley called a 'historic' storm ripped through central Maryland, some restaurants were waiting for their power to be restored. But the storm's hopscotch path were making difficult for diners to predict who was open and closed. In some cases, restaurants remained open but were without phone or Internet service, making it hard for customers to know which restaurants were open for business.
A long stretch of Baltimore National Pike extending from Catonsville to Ellicott City was hit hard. On Rolling Road the parking lot of H-Mart, typically a demolition derby on Saturday afternoon, was empty except for what presumably were employee vehicles. A few miles west in Ellicott City, Asian Court was closed for its popular Saturday dim sum. A few blocks up, Honey Pig Korean Barbecue was closed, too.
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Restaurants along Frederick Road in Ellicott City including the Rumor Mill and Tersiguel's announced their Saturday night closings in the late afternoon and again on Sunday.
Along Harford Road in Baltimore, eateries on the Lauraville strip like Touloulou were open for business on Saturday (although phone service was down), but twelve blocks up in Hamilton Hills, Clementine was waiting to get power back.
"It hit about 11:30," said Clementine manager Andy Tzortzinis," and as soon as the winds started blowing hard, we lost it." The new Clementine at the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown was open for business on Saturday, Tzortzinis said.
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Early morning Tweets on Saturday spoke of abnormally long lines at area Starbucks. The store in Midtown Belvedere was open but those in Mount Washington and Wyndhurst were closed. Still without power at 4 p.m., Crush in Cinquapin Circle announced it was closing for Saturday night service.
Enterprising restaurants like the Towson Tavern used social media to let customers know they were open -- with air conditioning. In response to a reporter's query, Monkton's Manor Tavern Tweeted that they were "open and rocking! Much cooler in the country!"