York eateries weather the storm

Christopher Dornblaser

Yorkers braced for the first big storm of the year as snow started fall Friday night in York. And local restaurants were happy to oblige those who were hoping for some takeout or delivery as they prepared to ride out the anticipated weekend blizzard.

Snow started falling in York around 5:45 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2016.

Take out: The snow started falling around 5:45 p.m. and many were looking to have their dinners delivered to avoid not only cooking, but driving, as well.

Larry Velazquez, manager at Marco's Pizza on  2150 White St, York, said that there were a lot of people ordering from them tonight, specifically delivery.

“The delivery side was more over the board than usual” he said.

At around 7 p.m. they had to close their delivery service. Velazquez said of the eateries' 10 drivers, four of them have four-wheel drive vehicles and they were the ones sticking around in the end to make deliveries.

Velazquez had a theory about why delivery orders were more robust than usual on Friday. “I think what they’re doing is getting some food just in case they need some of the best pizza in York for tomorrow,” he said.

At around 7:45, roughly two hours after the snow started falling in York, business started to slow, Velazquez said.

As for tomorrow, during the brunt of the storm, he doesn't know if they will be open. But if they are, he urged customers to be patient. He said the normal wait time for orders is around 45 minutes, but if they're open tomorrow the wait time could be an hour or an hour and 15 minutes.

Despite the uncertainty for tomorrow, Velazquez remained positive.

"If we're open tomorrow, get all the pizza you can get, get it while its hot," he said.

Mad rush: Carol Evans, one of the owners for Wings To Go on Kenneth Road, said the restaurant got busy when the snow began

"That's when the phone calls and the walk-ins started coming in," she said. "Everybody wanted things at the same time."

Evans said it was a little bit busier than a typical Friday.

She said ever since then, it's slowed down.

"It's slacking off now," she said around 7:45.

She said she thinks people are coming in, getting wings and waiting out the storm.

“That’s what I would do if I could have that luxury,” she said, laughing.

While Wings to Go doesn't offer delivery, Evans said, they will be closing earlier than their normal 11 p.m. closing time for Fridays.

“We are watching the roads closely and what’s going on with the snow,” she said.

Slow business: Unlike Wings to Go and Marco's Pizza, business was slow for some. Donna Kindig, dispatcher for Carryout Courier in York, a service that delivers takeout from certain restaurants that do not offer delivery, said their business had been slow for a Friday night.

"It's kind of on the slow side, we're usually kind of busy on a Friday night," she said, adding that she thought people had already gone out and gotten what they need to wait out the storm.

At around 6:45 p.m., she said it looked like their drivers were in the process of closing down for the night, a little bit ahead of their usual 9 p.m. Friday closing time.

"We do value the safety of our drivers," Kindig said.

Kindig said the drivers aren't always equipped for the blizzard like conditions York County is starting to experience this weekend. Despite that, she couldn't say for certain if they will be closed Saturday. If they are, she offered some advice to those who might utilize the service while waiting out the storm.

"Sometimes when they get to delivery sites, it would be helpful if some snow was cleared away," she said, adding that doing something to melt the ice would be beneficial, as well.

The National Weather service upgraded the forecast to a blizzard warning for York County in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday.

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