As weekend plans have transitioned from massive gatherings to self-quarantining festivities to avoid human contact, there's one thing you can't avoid, food.
If you’re sitting on your throne of stockpiled toilet paper, wondering what your next meal should be after you binged the second season of “Ugly Delicious” on Netflix with David Chang, you should consider how you can support local restaurants during this pandemic. Let’s not let coronavirus take a toll on our local concepts we regularly support (especially on the weekends.)
The restaurant industry is taking this very seriously, and wants to ease the minds of their customers as much as possible when it comes to dining out.
Seeing that all concepts must follow CDC protocol when it comes to cleanliness and procedures, many are taking to social media to announce adopted protocols to help keep both employees and customers safe.
Tampa coffee hub King State took to Instagram to assure guests of their safe practices and what to expect on your next visit.
“As always, KS will continue to practice constant cleanliness throughout the bar. All of our practices and standards are already in line with the CDC’s. But for the time being, the only changes we will implement are—we won’t be accepting outside cups and all of our cups, straws and lids are compostable so you good.”
The post went on to ask if customers aren’t feeling well, to stay home and then come “hang heavy” once they have recovered.
Fellow coffee shops like Buddy Brew will only be serving sips and bites in disposable vessels, and will not handle personal takeaway cups. Bandit Coffee Co. has also increased sanitization efforts on touch-points (door handles, work stations, table surfaces, etc.) and has temporarily removed self-serve condiments and water glasses. But don’t worry, they are still available by request.
Gulfport’s Golden Dinosaurs Vegan Deli is only taking card payments, which may be a solid thing to consider when you’re out and about. The Hunger + Thirst Group concepts, including No Vacancy, Park & Rec TPA, Park & Rec DTSP and The Avenue are asking staff to stay home if they feel unwell or have recently traveled as well as enhanced cleaning measures.
To avoid an awkward moment, if you are wanting a refill, remove your own lid and hold your glass while your server pours.
If you don't want to risk dining in, or having your food exchanged with an Uber delivery driver, takeout is your best option. Fewer hands to exchange your food, and you’ll be getting a meal straight from a kitchen to your to-go box to scarf down in your own home.
The Hall on Franklin is offering curbside takeout, so you can still have access to all seven vendors from the comfort of your own car.
You can even hook yourself up with eats on a later date by investing in gift cards for your next visit. Considering the fact we don’t know how long this pandemic will last, a dive in business could be detrimental for businesses. So if and when you plan on dining out, make sure to do so when you’re feeling healthy, without a reusable cup, and with thoroughly and frequently washed hands.
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