Hurricane Matthew: Delray Beach eatery stays open to serve first responders 

Delray Beach and Boca Raton resembled ghost towns on Thursday as Hurricane Matthew approached but one restaurant stayed open.

The Sandwich Man in Delray Beach on the corner of Congress Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard had “Open” spray painted on plywood that covered its windows.

“We’ve been open all day. Even the Walgreens across the street is closed,” said John Tarantino Jr., who owns the restaurant with his dad.

He finally decided to close at 4 p.m. as a Delray Beach police officer left with food in tow.

“The police and first-responders took over one side of the restaurant. Nurses from the hospital also,” Tarantino said.

With the hurricane expected to pass to the east overnight, The  Sandwich Man planned on opening Friday. They were prepared with generators.

“In 2005, we were without power for 11 days but we were open the whole time,” Tarantino said.

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