Jump to content
DonRocks

COVID-19 and Restaurants

Recommended Posts

From our local, 100 Bowls of Soup: 

 

Kitchen Update
 
We took the decision last week to temporarily close our business because we thought it was the right thing to do. We used this time to take a breath and reevaluate our business, how best we can serve the community, while keeping our employees and customers safe. As you probably know Virginia has closed all non-essential businesses. As a food producer, we are categorized as essential. As a small food producer we have the advantage of being able to adapt and change quickly. But we are not alone at adapting.
 
I'd like to take a moment to thank you, our customers, for your patience and willingness to adapt right along with us. When we closed our retail store and shifted to phone ordering and doorstep pick up only, you were there; when we cut back our retail hours, you were there; when we made the decision to close for a week, you stocked up. You met us on our terms, and for that we are so grateful. While we may be certain that this too shall pass, it is less certain how long it will last. As we continue to navigate through this storm of a public health crisis, we’re determined to find ways to nourish you and our community. 
 
So, here’s our plan
 
Starting Monday, March 30th we will resume cooking and limited retail store hours. We will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11 am- 4 pm for phone-in ordering and doorstep pick up only. No hot soup or broth to go until further notice. We hope very soon to be able to offer online ordering. Please be sure to check our website, Facebook or Instagram for the latest updates and availability of items. You can also call us at 703 466-5130 or send us an email at info@100bowlsofsoup.com.
 
We are taking the following precautions in the kitchen: 
  • Limiting the number of people in our kitchen to 5 or less. 
  • Maintaining a six foot distance while cooking.
  • Ensuring all employees and their households are practicing “social distancing”.
  • Emphasizing individual employee health and hygiene; anyone with flu or cold symptoms must stay home.
  • Adding additional sanitary procedures and precautions including sanitizing high touch surfaces more frequently.
 
Our open kitchen was designed for customers to see, smell and taste our cooking. Unfortunately, for the time being at least, we can no longer do that. But there is something else we can do.
 
Support home cooking and local farmers 
 
Working from home? Have some extra time? Maybe you'd like to experiment with more home cooking. We are posting recipes each day on social media and offering some DIY ingredients at our store, such as whole local, pastured Chickens (along with our Classic Chicken Soup recipe) and Chicken Bone Broth Making kits (the same bones we use for our own bone broth and a broth recipe). We will also continue to carry local eggs from these same farmers. We need our local farmers now more than ever.
 
And finally, in the weeks and months ahead, we will be reaching out to local non-profits and food banks to learn more about how we can help those most in need.
 
Stay safe and well,

Katharine
S.gif
 
DOORSTEP PICK UP HOURS AT OUR HERNDON KITCHEN
Please call us at 703 466-5130 to place your order.
 
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11 am - 4 pm
 
VISIT US!
(703) 466-5130
279 SUNSET PARK DRIVE
HERNDON, VA 20170

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/22/2020 at 6:11 PM, eatruneat said:

Taco Bamba (at least the one in DC) is doing carryout. We ordered online and our order was ready when we arrived. Remember to ask for your salsa(s) of choice. 

DC location as well as Poca Madre are no longer doing carryout. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Big Buns!!!

This was the first takeout I've done since the quarantine. I've missed the burgers here (I was a once a week regular) so it was good to indulge again. It's nicely organized where you order online, then when you arrive and park in the alleyway, you call them and they bring it out to you. They also have glasses of wine to go for $2 and they gave me a ginormous glass of cabernet (Hidden Crush) in a soda cup.  The wine changes depending on inventory.  Tomorrow probably pizza (me-Stone Hot pizza, husband-Lost Dog).  

https://www.orderbigbuns.com/s/order

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/27/2020 at 9:43 AM, deangold said:

The bigger question is who will survive to re-open. I hate to think how really tiny mom and pops with perhaps less than standard accounting might fare trying to get grants/loans. The cash economy is real even if our government thinks it doesn't or should be stomped out.

The US makes it somewhat easy for Mom & Pop places to hang out their town-code permissible shingles but is not designed to take care of mom & pop places when the boom goes bust.

Quote

The Danish government has promised to cover 75 percent to 90 percent of salaries if businesses do not lay off their employees. Better to pay to keep people employed than to pay for the disruption caused by mass layoffs and unemployment, the government has said.”

Beyond Denmark being tiny and having a population that entirely supports a generous social safety net, the US is a tethered to a “survival of the richest” economic theory where "it could happen to me" reverence for the ultra-rich prevails. This should be the catalyst for mandating paid sick leave and other work/life benefits, but it won’t so long as the Senate represents a minority of the population, contempt for and misunderstanding of the role of government is rampant, tax revenue has fallen, greed is pervasive and too many Americans & their legislators are unwilling to accept or even consider that there is a more efficient and effective way to take care of the population.

Those in the food service industry and agriculture have been exploited for decades. In 2002 I had to work 3 months in a restaurant with a hernia until I was covered by health insurance (health coverage should be the gov’t responsibility, not the employer’s, but that’s another thread) and the idea of paid sick days in a restaurant and most is a fantasy that would only outrage the colleagues who have to make up for the absence, like taking a vacation.

I found it curious that Danny Meyer & Friends penned a compassionate opinion pleading the government the throw a life-saver to their industry which is content to otherwise offer the most spartan benefits allowed by law in fair weather. Marcus Samuelson was in the byline too and surely he could convince his immediate colleagues and nationwide contemporaries that demanding work/life benefits which are standard elsewhere would benefit the 20 million restaurant workers & agriculture workers they rely on, just as they do for everyone else in his native Sweden regardless of job title.

Plenty of Mom & Pop’s are tragically and inevitably going to wither. If there is still a demand to eat out in 6 months, those who survived might recoil at the thought of expanding. In the interim, I hope the millions of people who feed themselves in isolation have (re)considered the merits of retail food stores and where that supply comes from. There is an infinite market for ingredients and my hope is that there is a modest shift towards smaller, independent specialty food and ingredient stores while keeping consolidation at bay. And the only way for smaller businesses to retain staff, survive and prosper is for the collective tax revenue to relieve them of the burden of providing fundamental benefits for the next hurricane, disease or whatever calamity.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Note: Please scroll up and read Poivrot Farci's post. I don't want to "cover it up" with this post, but I'm reading through this entire thread, start-to-finish, and it's a remarkable evolution (remember this started because people were avoiding Chinese restaurants - this thread began just one week before Marty's post).

On 3/15/2020 at 9:56 PM, Marty L. said:

Please never patronize Hill Restaurant Group joints.

ML, I'm guessing you no longer feel this way. Not everyone realized the gravity of this on the same day, or even in the same week, but within a couple of weeks, everyone came around (by choice or by fiat) - this is on Hill Restaurant Group's website:

Screenshot 2020-03-29 at 15.00.35.pngScreenshot 2020-03-29 at 15.00.46.png

In general, I think we live in a "revenge culture" and I don't like it - this person owned up to his mistake (which I don't even think is very big), and he's A-OK by me. My anecdotal example is Arrowine, which was positively *packed* one week; the next week, entering there was like Indiana Jones entering the cave in the opening of "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Poivrot Farci said:

Plenty of Mom & Pop’s are tragically and inevitably going to wither. If there is still a demand to eat out in 6 months, those who survived might recoil at the thought of expanding. In the interim, I hope the millions of people who feed themselves in isolation have (re)considered the merits of retail food stores and where that supply comes from. There is an infinite market for ingredients and my hope is that there is a modest shift towards smaller, independent specialty food and ingredient stores while keeping consolidation at bay. And the only way for smaller businesses to retain staff, survive and prosper is for the collective tax revenue to relieve them of the burden of providing fundamental benefits for the next hurricane, disease or whatever calamity.

So, I will say having gone through this, I would be much happier to support smaller shops over grocery stores for certain things, BUT I hope they also learn that online ordering platforms, and being willing to run something out to someone's car also make it a lot easier for people to shop at more local places-   It is a fine balance, I know. 

It took me a week to get a HT Express lane order, and I still don't know what I am even getting, as it is tomorrow.  I was so happy to be able to pick up some veggies from a Farmer's Market, if I knew what they had on a regular basis, and could choose what I wanted in my box and come and pick it up, I would do that way more often than going to a grocery store. Take note of that City of Alexandria... you could likely even get grant money for a program like that... (One reason I have never done a CSA is that Hubby has a strong dislike for a number of foods, so for instance the sweet potatoes we got this week, that's gonna be all on me to eat...)  The ease of being able to pull up, give them my name, and get the box was amazing, but it would be even more amazing if I could select what was going in based on what they had (this is more for the summer where there is a lot more in options). Or have items from multiple vendors. 

For me dairy is a bit more tricky because I am lactose intolerant.  If I wasn't I would get most of my cheese, milk, yogurt from Cheesetique right now.  Alas, I kind of have to go big industry to get lactose free margarines, milk, some cheese, etc.  Also Hubby is kind of basic (love him, but it's true) and I can't afford to spend money on really fancy cheese for every cheese, so we do get some basics from bigger stores- block cheddar, parm, gruyere or gouda.   

I WISH WISH WISH some smaller markets had better online ordering platforms so I knew what they had in stock and could place an Order.  I am talk to you- Let's Meat (I get it your butchers not social media people or web people, still, just a daily white board picture of what's in stock would be marvelous guys), or put together a small "box" of multiple items for take out that you designate as like a weekly or bi-weekly box.  And you Streets Market, etc.  I would love to support Streets over HT, but have no idea what they have in stock and am not in store shopping right now.  And you Dept of Beer and Wine, if you regularly delivered, we would order from you even more often.  So I get it that this isn't the time that businesses have the money to evolve, but sometimes necessity is the Mother of invention... 

And if anyone knows of other good small shops doing nice ordering systems for take out, we should have a topic on that, or restaurants that have also opened pantry supplies...   Maybe we could sort the topics by areas?

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/26/2020 at 5:47 PM, DonRocks said:

 young people in the DC area are going to go out of their minds if they're at home for the next month.

Old people too! I am already a bit stir crazy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, ktmoomau said:

I WISH WISH WISH some smaller markets had better online ordering platforms so I knew what they had in stock and could place an Order.  I am talk to you- Let's Meat (I get it your butchers not social media people or web people, still, just a daily white board picture of what's in stock would be marvelous guys), or put together a small "box" of multiple items for take out that you designate as like a weekly or bi-weekly box.  And you Streets Market, etc.  I would love to support Streets over HT, but have no idea what they have in stock and am not in store shopping right now. 

Unfortunately most small markets and retail shops are prepared for this type of business model where the clientele is being asked to avoid public spaces and items are not ordered in person. Butcher shops and farmer’s market stands for example don’t have an endless inventory and what appears on the white board in the morning might very well be depleted by afternoon. Restaurants or stores that make prepared food can’t reliably advertise how many orders they have of something until they are made and farmers generally don’t know exact quantities of what they have until it is harvested a few days before sale. Constant updating is not a great use of time and often leads to confusion if someone sees items in the morning but they aren’t there later or vice versa. Large retailers have the advantage of technology and programs dedicated to tracking inventory in real time and their products have much longer shelf lives.

There aren’t many easy solutions that can replicate the ease of Amazon Prime for small retail. Anecdotally, our farm store was overwhelmed with online orders this past weekend and the process/time spent corresponding to confirm orders, items that we didn’t have enough of or were out of, coordinating pick-up times then calling to process credit card payments was impractical and excessive. This system for providing goods & services is new for everyone and customers need be patient given the unusual circumstances.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
22 hours ago, ktmoomau said:

And if anyone knows of other good small shops doing nice ordering systems for take out, we should have a topic on that, or restaurants that have also opened pantry supplies... 

When I saw this it reminded me that I read an article somewhere that mentioned that both Walter's and All-Purpose by the ballpark are doing CSAs in addition to their food and beverage takeout/delivery.

Then I just got an email from All-Purpose and they are doing CSAs at both of their locations on Tuesdays. Here's the email in browser form. {they've also got toilet paper}

If I could find the article again, I might have more information about what Walter's is doing.

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 Is there a thread where people are listing what restaurants are  temporarily closed or what restaurants are open for carry out, and if so if there’s a limited menu?  Or is this essentially that thread?  If so, people near Silver Spring might be interested to know that Methi, El Golfo, and Mandalay are all open and offering takeout, at least as of Sunday,   But Hakuna Matata Grill appears to be closed  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/30/2020 at 3:55 PM, Pat said:

When I saw this it reminded me that I read an article somewhere that mentioned that both Walter's and All-Purpose by the ballpark are doing CSAs in addition to their food and beverage takeout/delivery.

Then I just got an email from All-Purpose and they are doing CSAs at both of their locations on Tuesdays. Here's the email in browser form. {they've also got toilet paper}

If I could find the article again, I might have more information about what Walter's is doing.

 

A friend just got one of the All Purpose CSA boxes, and it looks like more places are stepping in to fill this role.  If not for themselves (of course it's partially for themselves!), then for their suppliers who they will need if and when they open back up.  I'm all on board to support that where and when we can, although for budgetary and logistical reasons it can't fully replace "normal" groceries for us.  We have been getting milk and eggs from Big Bear cafe along with our morning coffee pick up, and I'm looking at getting an order through Number 1 Sons who appears to have partnered with several of their fellow FreshFarm vendors for CSA boxes.  And after letting it slide last year after a few years of good experiences we're certainly going to re-up our CSA subscription to the neighborhood farm.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, TedE said:

A friend just got one of the All Purpose CSA boxes, and it looks like more places are stepping in to fill this role.  If not for themselves (of course it's partially for themselves!), then for their suppliers who they will need if and when they open back up.  I'm all on board to support that where and when we can, although for budgetary and logistical reasons it can't fully replace "normal" groceries for us.  We have been getting milk and eggs from Big Bear cafe along with our morning coffee pick up, and I'm looking at getting an order through Number 1 Sons who appears to have partnered with several of their fellow FreshFarm vendors for CSA boxes.  And after letting it slide last year after a few years of good experiences we're certainly going to re-up our CSA subscription to the neighborhood farm.

What did your friend say about the All Purpose CSA? I called the Shaw location this afternoon about them and they said they sold out within 30 minutes. Apparently they’re going to do it again Friday. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

NRGprovisions is now up and running, the site has a LOT to offer, which is pretty cool.  Just FYI.  Lena's is doing 50% of lots of bottles of wine, and growlers.  They also have some family meal deals.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...