The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at York County School of Technology off of Queen Street in York Township, for residents effected by power
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at York County School of Technology off of Queen Street in York Township, for residents effected by power outages A winter storm coating trees and wires with a half inch of ice lead to more than 62,000 York County residents without power, Wednesday February 4, 2014. John A. Pavoncello - jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com

It was a no brainer for Jeremiah Anderson.

The general manager and partner of the White Rose Bar & Grill just got into work about 2 p.m. Wednesday when the phone rang.

On the other end was a representative from the local chapter of the Red Cross. The organization was opening a shelter at the York County School of Technology in York Township for people who lost power to their homes.

The 150 people expected to show up would likely be hungry. Can the White Rose help feed them, the caller asked.

With that, Anderson turned to Ty Teter, chef of the 48 N. Beaver St. restaurant in York City, who came up with a menu on the fly: soup and chicken with sides of a vegetable medley and red-skinned mash potatoes.

The ice storm caused the restaurant to remain closed for lunch but it opened at 4 p.m. That meant the kitchen crew not only had to cook the meal but also had to do the usual daily preparation work. Nonetheless, all 150 meals were cooked, packed up and delivered to the shelter that night.

"Definitely all the kitchen crew did all the hard work. All I did was deliver it," Anderson said. "Our kitchen crew can do anything."

Anderson said the restaurant lent a helping hand because it was the right thing to do when there are people in need.

"We're just glad we could help out," he said.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.