The heavy snowfall overnight and Wednesday morning led a number of businesses to close for the day Wednesday in the East State Village area around State Boulevard and Crescent Avenue.
Customer traffic was heavy at the Crescent Corners Marathon station, but that was about the only place that was busy. Several businesses also closed because of the weather, including the Pio Market and the Tecumseh branch of the Allen County Public Library.
The Rib Room restaurant did not open for lunch, but it opened at 4:30 p.m. in the hope that people would feel like getting out for dinner, said Christina Filippou, one of the managers.
Filippou said they had to make the decision early Wednesday morning whether to open for lunch because the staff member who makes the ribs normally starts cooking them about 5 a.m.
They also were concerned about the safety of staff members and customers trying to get to the family-owned restaurant, she said.
In the recent bad weather, Filippou has used Facebook to let people know whether the restaurant is open or closed.
She voiced concern, however, that the city and local media occasionally seem to overreact to possible severe weather, which scares people away from going out to local restaurants.
“We are hoping cabin fever will spread and people will be ready to get on with their lives,” she said.
Across State Boulevard, the Gogos tailoring shop also was open Wednesday.
Owner George Gogos said he had only a couple of customers stop in during the day, but he's usually at work six days a week, regardless of the weather.
“I have a lot of work I have to do anyway,” said Gogos, who has had his shop there for 17 years.
Customers typically drop off clothing items they want altered or repaired, and he plans to have it ready for them in a week. So he always has orders he needs to complete, he said.