As other states order bars and restaurants to close for dine-in, Texas restaurants are preparing for something similar.
As more people stay home and avoid public spaces during the coronavirus pandemic, North Texas restaurants are evolving in order to survive. Temporary closures are often enough to permanently shutter some of them, but many are pivoting to curbside pickup and “no-touch” delivery services to keep serving customers, especially as other states such as Ohio and Illinois are ordering all bars and dine-in restaurants to close, with the exception of takeout and delivery.
Fort Worth’s southern fine dining restaurant Ellerbe is offering curbside food and wine pickup for lunch and dinner. Just order your food, show up 20 minutes later, and they will put it in your car. Perhaps they can even leave it in front of your car if you prefer no contact. Starting Tuesday, they will also have a family-style and kids’ menu. ellerbefinefoods.com/menus.
Similarly, Sevy’s Grill in Dallas is also doing “valet pickup.” Just order online and pick it up at the valet. sevys.com. Eco-friendly salad and sandwich shop Mixt has also started offering free delivery and fast no-contact pick-up.
Red Stix Asian Street Food on Hillcrest Avenue will close their dining room on March 16 and instead offer pickup at the window only (which is wiped down often), says chef Uno Immanivong. The restaurant is also offering pre-packaged, vacuum-sealed skewers and meals that you can freeze for later. redstixstreetfood.com.
Beginning March 16, Parigi on Oak Lawn Avenue will also begin taking to-go orders and offering back-door pickup. Call to order at 214-521-0295. parigidallas.com.
Beginning March 17, Homewood on Oak Lawn Avenue will begin offering a menu for takeout. They have a special menu for $40 a person. Call to order at 214-434-1244. homewooddallas.com.
Stock and Barrel in Bishop Arts offers delivery via Favor and Caviar, and just began offering free pickup behind the restaurant if you pull up in your car. stockandbarreldallas.com.
José on Lovers Lane is currently offering takeout and curbside pickup, and is working on offering delivery and online ordering as soon as possible. For now, call to place your orders: 214-891-5673. jose.mx.
Gold Rush Cafe on Skillman Avenue is doing to-go dining only this week. George Sanchez says they are asking customers to call in orders at 214-823-6923, pay over the phone, then come in the restaurant to pick up.
Fat Straws Bubble Tea Co. has launched delivery and curbside pickup at their four area locations. Order online at fatstraws.co/locations/. They have also stopped using reusable mugs and tumblers.
As we have previously noted, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is offering “contactless doorstep drop-off delivery” with no delivery charge through April 30. Campisi’s and Tiff’s Treats are also offering interaction-free delivery. Jimmy’s Food Store is ceasing in-store (and outside) dining until further notice. Everything is to-go now, and some of those amazing housemade items are in short supply.
Highland Park ice cream shop Howdy Homemade is now offering delivery and “politely asking” that only one group or individual enter the shop at a time.
Even local artisans are beginning to deliver. T-Rex Pickles is now offering delivery with a 4-pint minimum and $5 delivery fee. “If you prefer no contact upon delivery, we can send you an invoice ahead of time. Otherwise we can take cash or credit cards.” Message them on Facebook at Facebook: TRexPickles to place your order.
Known for “bar-b-que and home cooking,” Smokey John’s wants you to know that they are constantly cleaning any and every commonly touched surface, both inside and outside the restaurant. Their employees are wearing gloves, changing them often, and even getting touchless hand sanitizer dispensers installed. They have removed the self-serve condiment station and are using sealed, tamper-proof packaging for Grubhub orders. smokeyjohns.com.
From March 16 to April 3, Italian street food restaurant Piada is offering free lunch to K-12 students who depend on school for lunch. From 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., kids can get pasta and a fountain drink for zero dollars. mypiada.com.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 16-20, The Biscuit Team is also offering free lunch to K-12 students at all locations. You can get it to go, but your child must be present to get one of the following items: a scrambled egg biscuit, ham and cheese biscuit, turkey and cheese biscuit, PB & J biscuit, or chicken nuggets.
Elias Pope from Hero, HG Sply Co., Gung Ho, and Standard Service is working on something called Everybody Eats. With the goal of launching March 18, the program will offer food delivery from all of these spots as well as other local restaurants they are partnering with. And at least five hot meals during the week are being offered for free to any restaurant industry folk in need. hgsplyco.com.
We’ll be updating this story as we know more. How is your restaurant handling this ever-changing environment? Email food editor Erin Booke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3:12 PM on Mar 15, 2020