North Baltimore copes fine with the snow

Tiny Grano Pasta Bar was open for business as usual Thursday, despite a snow storm that dumped an estimated 10 inches on Hampden and north Baltimore.

The hole-in-the-wall restaurant on The Avenue, known for its authentic Italian cooking, dug out early Thursday and was open for business by late morning.

"Grano Pasta Bar is always open in this king of weather, if anyone wants some hot pasta," said co-owner Julie Padilla, who also had to dig out from her condominium in Sparks to make it into work.

Padilla's only fear was that the snow and slush might freeze later in the day.

"We'll see how long we can stray open," she said.

Many businesses and residents in the area were just as hardy. The Eddie's of Roland Park store on Roland Avenue was open at 8 a.m..

"This is Eddie's," said an employee at the front desk, who would not give her name. "We were here and had the doors open on time."

That was a godsend for customer Emily Zappulla, of Wilmslow Road, who forgot to buy eggs when she went shopping at the store Wednesday in anticipation of the storm.

Zappulla's children, William, 4, and Katelyn, 1, had cabin fever Thursday morning, so she literally dragged them to Eddie's on a sled.

"Fun for them, a lot of work for Mommy," she said, adding that the trip took 20 minutes instead of the usual 12-minute walk.

In Oakenshawe, streets around Union Memorial Hospital, including Oakenshawe Place and Homewood Terrace were soon cleared by residents with shovels and snow blowers, as well as teenagers with shovels from outside the neighborhood, hoping to make some money.

Guilford too dug out quickly. On Suffolk Road, resident Jay Phillips was cheery as he cleared the sidewalk with a snow blower. But like many people, he was tired of inclement weather that has plagued the region in recent weeks.

"It's a bad winter," he said.

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