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Hatboro's Manja Pizzeria Readies for Sandy

Owners have boarded up the frequently flood-prone Manja Pizzeria as Hurricane Sandy nears.

As winds pick up and rain starts to fill nearby Pennypack Creek, the owners of Manja Pizzeria opted to close Monday 

Instead of kneading dough, spreading sauce and sprinkling cheese to make some gourmet pizzas, co-owner Anastasia Sampaio shared with Patch that Manja owners relocated chairs, shop vacs and other goods to higher ground on Monday morning.

"We are not opening because we had to clear the shop just to make sure we didn't lose anything," Sampaio wrote in an e-mail to Patch. "We are all boarded up. There is no flooding as of yet but we just don't know what to expect."

A year before, the previous business owner of the 332 S. York Road space - Quig's Pizzeria Grille - was forced to close and relocate to the other end of town after being hit by two back-to-back floods resulting from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. 

Manja had opened this spring, even while the property owners contemplated a government buyout. It was determined a few months ago that a

Coach Karl October 29, 2012 at 02:58 PM
<3 this place. Hope they get through without any damage!
Sue October 29, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I'm glad to hear they're battening down the hatches - they've got great food, I'd be sorry to see them flood out.
John Brick October 29, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Manja is going to get destroyed! They were warned!
Anastasia Sampaio October 29, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Thank you everyone for your support we are praying for the best but expecting the worst if anything does happen we will rebuild and be back ! we just love the town of hatboro !
Maria Helena Costa October 29, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Manja does have great food. Good for them, they're looking out for the safety and well being of all their customers and the damages that may occur. Better safe than sorry!!!!
Maria Helena Costa October 29, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Great food at Manja!!!!
Mischa October 29, 2012 at 05:31 PM
That isnt even prepping. That's a sad attempt. Look at what happened last year to that exact location...and this storm is supposed to be worse....hmm, i guess people think a few sandbags and plywood will save the place. Anyone who rents that place out is an idiot. Your begging to become bankrupt due to all the damage cost every year to flooding alone!
Anastasia Sampaio October 29, 2012 at 06:08 PM
thank you mischa for your concern but we are not idiots we just love hatboro and the location was what we wanted. we are fully insured and always positive we didnt just put out sand bags we have moved everything in the store . we had great tips from hatboro police and also inspectors but again thank you for your concern and stay safe

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