The Re-Emergence Part 4

More places have announcements:


From Old Fourth Street Filling Station’s Facebook:

We are happy to announce, with the Governor allowing us to open for dining, we have chosen to start dining on May 26th at 11 am. As we will use this time to make sure that we are 100% in compliance with the state, we would also like to rest assure the safety and wellbeing of all our guests and staff!

During the next 5 to 6 weeks of Phase 2, our hours of operation will be the following:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday  11 am to 8 pm.
Friday  11 am to 9 pm.
Saturday (for high-risk individuals) 10 am to 12 pm.
Saturday (for the general public) 12 pm to 9 pm.
Sunday (brunch only) 10 am to 4 pm.
We will be closed Sunday evenings and all day Monday.

Online ordering, takeout, curbside and delivery will still be offered each day that we are open.

At this time, all seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis, with no reservations. A maximum of up to 6 guests per table at pre-determined tables. All tables will be set with the 6-foot distancing. Tables will not be available within high traffic areas.

All tables and chairs will be sanitized and disinfected before and after each guest is seated.

The waiting area will be our hostess area on the sidewalk (with 6-foot distancing) or in one’s vehicle. Unfortunately, due to the 50% maximum occupancy rule, there will be no waiting area on the patio or inside the restaurant.

All employees, for everyone’s safety, will be wearing masks and gloves when in close contact with all guests to decrease chances of infection.

We appreciate your patience and continued support as we all have had to ensure the flattening of the curve!


From Acadia Foods’ Facebook:


From Cagney’s Facebook:

ATTENTION!!! Today at 5 pm we will be OPEN!!!! We will be adhering to all safety guidelines outlined by the state of NC. We will be at 50% capacity with social distancing practices being implemented. We can’t wait to see all our amazing customers tonight and this weekend!!!!


From Carmine’s Facebook:

In the best interest of our customers and our employees, at Carmine’s we have decided NOT to open our dining room today at 5 pm. HOWEVER, we will be OPEN for take-out and delivery still. So please don’t hesitate to continue ordering from us! We will be opening our dining room at a later date. We would like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of our loyal customers who have carried us through these trying times. You all have been amazing! Please hang in there with us as we are still trying to navigate this unprecedented time and act as we see best for our community. Stay safe, stay well, and take care! **If you would like to be added to our email list for Carmine’s updates concerning COVID-19, please send us a message with your listed!**


From Cin Cin Burger Bar’s Facebook:

Our dining room is open and we are so excited to serve our community! We will reopen our dining room operation on Friday, May 22nd at 5:00 PM with 50% capacity. We will resume our business hours from 11:00AM-8:00PM
Please be patient with us during this transition period and as we adjust to new operating and safety procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the safety of our customers and staff we have made some changes, here is what’s new and what to expect during phase 2.
-Curbside and delivery services will resume
-Employees will continue to wear mask and gloves at all times
-Employees will continue proper hand washing and sanitizing
-Meticulously cleaning
-We will be doing daily employee health screenings before each shift
-Tables and chairs will be set 6 feet apart.
-We’ve rearranged our dining room to accommodate social distancing requirements
-Tables, chairs, menus and other common items will be disinfected after every use
-Customers will be asked to maintain 6 feet apart from each other
-Hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the restaurant for guests
-All condiments have been removed from tables
Thank you so much for your continued support! We can’t wait to serve you once again!


More to come… STAY SAFE WSNC!!!!

The Re-Emergence Part 3

Part 3.


From Mission Pizza’s Facebook:

We’ll just put the graphic here. If you don’t know what DGAF means, you’ll have to Google it as this is a family blog:


From Monte De Rey’s Facebook:

We are excited to announce in compliance with Gov. Coopers Phase 2 plan all Monte de Rey locations will be open for dine-in service at 50% capacity as of 5 pm this Friday 5/22/2020.


From Ryan’s Restaurant’s Facebook:

COVID-19 update: Ryan’s Restaurant will be opening for full service starting Friday, May 22nd at 5 pm. We will be following the Governor’s guidelines in regards to social distancing, sanitizing, table spacing, etc. We ask that our customers also maintain appropriate social distancing and follow health protocols. If you feel sickly or display symptoms of COVID-19, we ask you that please stay home. Everyone’s health is of the utmost importance, especially during this time. We have amended our hours temporarily where we will be open Monday-Thursday from 5 pm-8:30 pm and Friday-Saturday from 5 pm-9 pm. This is uncharted territory for our staff and we are doing the very best we can to meet all state safety requirements while also serving the public. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the operations of the restaurant, we ask that you please speak with a manager. We are so happy to be back and can’t wait to see our loyal patrons!


From Stoked’s Facebook:

Hey folks we can finally give you an update on reopening!

First.. thank you for your continued love for our staff and our food! This has been a long few months.. we are so thankful for the cards, calls and kind gestures that MANY of you have made. I could honestly cry when thinking about all of you.

……..

We will not open this weekend for many reasons, but mainly because we have to get our sister restaurant out-of-our kitchen. JK!!! No really… This week we will continue to serve dinner to-go/delivery through Sunday.

We’ll open for dining on Tuesday 26th but with limited seating as we get the dust off our training wheels. We open for dine-in/ to-go/delivery
Tuesdays-Thursday 5-9 Friday-Saturday 5-?
CLOSED SUNDAY MONDAY

The strict seating capacity at both locations is uncharted territory for us. Stoked is small and we only have 35 seats total to work with. We will be requiring reservations for inside, including the bar for the foreseeable future. Each table will have a certain amount of time based on the number of guests you bring. 1 hour for 2-4 guests, 1.5 hours for 5-8 guests. This will only be the case during Phase 2, so PLEASE understand our need to turn the tables.

The patio will be serving food first come first serve based on party size/weather and staffing. This too will start slow as we get geared back up….so please know just because there is a table, that doesn’t mean we can sit you. We will try to have waiting tables on the sidewalk, but no inside waiting will be allowed.

As of this coming Tuesday the 26th, we will be requiring ALL to-go orders to be made online through Stokedwoodfiredpub.com SO PLEASE order online so we can bring the food out to you. Text Stoked to 33733 for our app or go directly to our website Stokedwoodfiredpub.com for ordering. (DO NOT GOOGLE OUR WEBSITE YOU WILL BE CHARGED MONEY WE DO NOT GET)

We know comfort levels will vary for all of you. We won’t those who are looking forward to going out to dinner to feel safe. We want our staff, to feel safe. We are aware of the delicate rope we have to walk. Most importantly we look forward to seeing your smiling faces again!


From The Carriage House’s Facebook:

Hello Carriage House Restaurant friends! 😄

We are happy to announce that we will be open for dining-in, starting on Friday the 22nd at 5 PM. We are respectful of your safety, therefore, the restaurant will be operating at 50% capacity.

The well-being and satisfaction of our clients is our top priority. We miss you and can’t wait to see you again! 😊


More to come… STAY SAFE WSNC!!!!

The Re-Emergence Part 2

Part 2 of what I’ve found out. Not all are immediately reopening:


From Davie Tavern’s Facebook:

Hello Facebook family and friends. We are excited to announce our soon reopening! We will not be open this Friday 5/22. We are undergoing a deep cleaning and preparing all areas for a safe dining room as well as restocking our pantry with the best meats and produce. We will announce our “official” day very soon. Expect for a Thursday 5/28 reopening. We will continue our delivery and take out as usual. We cannot wait to see you soon!!


From Crafted’s Facebook: 

Despite the governor having announced that restaurants can reopen at 50% capacity our Winston location will remain closed until further notice while we navigate new systems and procedures and first implement them at our Greensboro locations. Once we feel we we have a good strategy that is working well we will then implement those changes at our Winston location. We will be keeping our Winston community updated through this Facebook page as well as our website eatatcrafted.com

We apologize for the inconvenience but feel this is the bestway to accomplish everything in a safe and effective manner.


From Forsyth Seafood’s Facebook:

In Phase II we will continue to operate walk-up counter service, call ahead service, & online ordering for curbside pickup. The dining room will continue to be suspended as we have a responsibility to increase social distancing in this community.
Market Hours:
11:00am-6:30pm
Cafe Hours:
11:00am-8:00pm @ Forsyth Seafood Market and Cafe


From Grandma Ruby’s Country Cooking’s Facebook:

Good Morning! We are excited to have at least 5 tables inside open to customers starting on Saturday morning. We will ask you to wear masks and we will have tables available outside. I know a lot of people will still want to call in your order or use our new clover ordering. Be patient with us as we work all this out. I will be doing temperature checks too and everyone I have been practicing on has been wonderful about it. Let’s all follow the CDC guidelines to keep us all safe. I love and appreciate you all. Order your family meals to help out your favorite waitress. The grits and gravy are ready. See you at Grandma Ruby’s!


From La Botana’s Facebook:

Working hard to open Monday

If you haven’t noticed a difference in our cooking for a month now it means that I have done a good job. July, Daniel, and Salvador have been tough as well. I haven’t been cooking regularly for almost a month. I will start cooking for you Monday, make your reservation ahead of time. 336-768-6588

Rigo


More to come… STAY SAFE WSNC!!!!

The Re-Emergence Part 1

I call this “Part 1” because I’m going through the list and gathering what I see restaurants and or bars have posted about their reopening plans. I don’t want to throw too many in one post because that will get convoluted and I want to make sure that each establishment has their moment of your attention. So let’s start here:


Per 1703 Restaurant’s Facebook:

Phase 2 of re-opening NC will begin this Friday. 1703 will be opening for dine-in service next Tuesday, May 26. There are many modifications we need to make to adjust to the guidelines of NCDHHS. For that reason, we will be offering dinner only for the first two weeks, beginning at 5:00 pm. Reservations will be required for inside and outside since our capacity will be limited. After two weeks, we plan to begin offering lunch Tuesday-Friday and Sunday brunch. We are very excited to see you all, but understand that you may want to continue to stay in. We will continue to offer take out and delivery Tuesday- Sunday, 11:00 am -close. We will also resume our schedule of having Mondays off. Thank you for your patience as we move into the next phase with extreme caution.


Per 6th & Vine’s Facebook:

Getting ready … we won’t open May 22. We are deep cleaning & training staff. We open for curbside/takeout Wednesday May 27 at 5 pm. And Patio dining opens Friday May 29 at 5 pm. #6thandvine #wsnc


Per Bull’s Tavern’s Facebook:

We will reopen the Wednesday after the Phase 2 order is lifted.

We are currently working through all of our policies to provide a safe environment for employees and our beloved patrons. These policies will be posted prior to opening.

During the 50% restrictions, Bull’s will be very different. We are taking this opportunity to do some smaller seated singer/songwriter shows, to still provide a place for musicians to share their art to the community.

The Bull’s Family, as we call ourselves, see this challenging time as an opportunity to turn negatives into positives.

We love our community and cannot wait to serve you again!

#safetyfirst #winstonstrong #bullstavern #wsnc #wheremusiclives #dtws


Per Camel City BBQ Factory’s Facebook:

Governor Roy Cooper has implemented Phase 2 and approved inside dining for restaurants.
Although we closed in March we never stopped working, planning, and renovating the restaurant in the effort to provide a better safer experience for all as much is possible in this Pandemic.

To limit touchable surfaces we will have QR codes for menus so guests can use their cell phones to order. But if requested we can also provide a disposable paper menu for easier reading. Also during this time, our menu will be limited to our most popular items. This will help our kitchen staff social distance as much as possible and reduce the amount of times a plate is handled. Our staff is our family and keeping them protected helps us all be safer.

Per Governor Cooper’s orders we will operate at 50% capacity with social distancing. Allowing guests their space is crucial so we have also created pathways to limit crossing paths. In everything we have done it has been our goal to make these changes effortless. Just follow the green steps.

At the entrance we have installed hands-free wash stations so guests can wash their hands as they enter. We also have installed forearm door openers so there’s no need to grab the handles. As for other barriers we’ve installed plexiglass for the cashiers and host stand, and food barriers at the expo window.

There are going to be big changes for all of us in this new frontier. How we communicate, how we serve you, how we order.
One thing that will never change is our commitment to our customers and our passion for serving.
Our motto has always been “Happy to Serve”…It’s what we do.

We look forward to serving you this Friday at 5 pm.


Per Carolina Ale House’s Facebook:

As we move into the next phase of these unprecedented times, we at LM Restaurants & Carolina Ale House are proud to put detailed procedures in place from the CDC to ensure the health and safety of our guests and employees.

While #dinein service may not be your decision right now, we would like to share our process as we move forward. We have a 2-part cleaning and sanitizing system in place throughout all our restaurants. We are taking extreme efforts in ensuring all surfaces are being thoroughly and frequently cleaned with the appropriate solutions and detergents. Our sanitizer is changed every 2 hours to provide its full concentration.

All employees are required to wear masks to add another layer of protection for our guests. We thank our guests in the community for supporting us during this time of social distancing.

We look forward to continuing to serve you whether you are a dine-in guest or #takeout or #delivery.

#aleyeah #foodie #carolinaalehouse #community #sanitize #inthistogether #newnormal #guests #staysafe #safety #eatlocal #supportlocal #drinklocal @NCRLA @VisitNC @countonmenc


More to come… STAY SAFE WSNC!!!!

An Open Letter to North Carolina Residents, Support Independent Restaurants

The following was published via NC News Network today. This is a repost and is fully-owned by NCNN. A great piece written by our very own Claire Calvin from The Porch, Alma Mexicana and Canteen Market and Bistro:


Claire Calvin (©NCNN)

I am a small business owner and resident of an incredibly resilient city; I own three restaurants in Winston-Salem – The Porch, Alma Mexicana and Canteen Market & Bistro.

Independent restaurants are the economic engine for so many other local businesses – family farms, vendors, suppliers, and service companies. Chipotle is not hiring your neighbor’s graphic design firm for a new logo or a local attorney for legal advice. 

We support the state and local tax base, donate to local charities and schools, and invest our time and money into improving the community.  Collectively, we employ our neighbors who in turn pay rent, buy cars, shop, go out to eat and otherwise participate in our local economy. 

And, of course, we feed people in ways both physical and emotional. These past few weeks, while our dining room and two of our three restaurants have been closed, our kitchen at The Porch has continued to make and sell food for take-out and delivery, and that has felt so amazing to be able to provide a service to the community in these dark days.

Every person and every industry will have much work to do in the next year to rebuild and restore some sense of normalcy, and the challenges to each are unique and complex. Some industries will be more disrupted than others, but all will face new and difficult problems.

For independent restaurants, the challenges are many and survival depends, in large part, on how federal agencies, state and city governments proceed. Like airlines, hotels and entertainment venues, independent restaurants – particularly ones primarily sustained by dine-in sales – are still in free fall. Simply re-opening is not a solution that will address the needs of most restaurants, so if we care about saving them at all, we need action that specifically targets the issues they face.

As states begin to move away from total lockdowns, there will be many bumps in the road, and no one knows exactly what will happen. We’re all in uncharted territory, and we must observe and learn from others.

In the past weeks, I have been working long days in the restaurant trying to keep our business afloat doing take-out and delivery, and before and after work reading as much as I can to learn best practices on re-opening safely from around the world, talking to restaurant owners and industry leaders around the country who are trying to re-imagine their businesses, and creating one scenario after another for our own restaurants. I am exhausted, mentally and physically, and I know that the next 12 months will require even more of all of us.

I am willing to do the hard work ahead, and I expect the same from our government leaders. “Allowing” restaurants to reopen without financial help, stringent regulations and public (government) support is unconscionable and it will bankrupt small businesses.

Many years ago, I was asked to write about my “why” for getting into the restaurant business, and I remember that I wrote the line “This was never about food.” It is about building community, and food is the tool we use to do it.  The work we do is about building up and serving the collective community and the people in it. We use food to gather you to our spaces, but then we get to watch magic happen when you all are there with us in that noisy, chaotic and living space.

Please join with us in the hard work it will take to bring back that magic. I really do believe we can get there and beyond, but we need you all to make it happen.

Claire Calvin is a founding member of Triad Food & Beverage Coalition and owner of The Porch, Alma Mexicana, and Canteen Market & Bistro. Reach her at clairecalvin@gmail.com

Triad Food and Beverage Coalition Partners with AT&T to Launch Essential Worker and Low-income Community Feeding Program

Winston-Salem, NC, May 15, 2020 – Today, the Triad Food and Beverage Coalition, a program of the Winston-Salem Urban League, launches its essential worker and low-income resident feeding program. The effort, funded by a $10,000 grant from AT&T provides meals to essential workers and low-income residents while simultaneously providing a much-needed influx of cash to local restaurants.

The effort will partner with 7 local restaurants to provide 2,100 meals to essential workers and low-income residents over 7 weeks. The meals will be distributed by program partner, Love Out Loud.

Today’s meal service will be provided by Taste of the Triad owned by Sabrina Wingo. Wingo and her staff will deliver 150 meals to Morningstar Baptist Church (1400 Fitch St, Winston-Salem) at 1:25 pm and another 150 meals to the Winston Lake YMCA (901 Waterworks Rd, Winston-Salem) at 1:45 pm.

Sabrina Wingo, owner of Taste of the Triad remarked, “We have worked so hard to make Taste of the Triad a success. Closing our doors to address the pandemic has been tough. But this partnership allows us to provide an essential service while providing some cash to help bridge the financial gap.”

Algenon Cash, Director, Winston-Salem Urban League’s Triad Food and Beverage Coalition, said, “The COVID-19 crisis has made the work of the Triad Food and Beverage Coalition more important than ever. We are uniquely able to help the community by providing meals while supporting local restaurants that are in a time of need. This wouldn’t have been possible without AT&T’s partnership and support.”

Next Friday’s meal service will be provided by the Porch, owned by Clair Calvin.

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About the Triad Food and Beverage Coalition

The Triad Food and Beverage Coalition is a program of the Winston-Salem Urban League, designed to promote a healthy food and beverage community by providing members with strategic programming, marketing assistance, operational support, and direct input on governmental affairs and administrative public policies that encourage regional economic growth.

About Winston-Salem Urban League

The Winston-Salem Urban League is a mission-driven non-profit organization focused on helping residents become financially secure and prepared to meet the demands of today’s job market through training, education, and job placement services. The agency provides comprehensive training and paid work experience program for over 300 seniors annually as well as the general public.

The Michael Family Restaurant Group Re-Emerges

One of the first sets of restaurants to bow out in March, while the dust was just starting to be stirred up, was the Michael Family Restaurant Group. Mama Zoe Michael’s, Waldo’s Wings, Cin Cin Burger Bar and Yamas Mediterranean Street Food all shuttered up and waited to see where the pandemic was going to take the world.

They were looking out for the safety and health of their customers, their employees, themselves. No one knew what was going to happen. Truthfully, no one knows now. The Michael Family then turned to renovations and construction working on Mama Zoe Michael’s on the renovation that they had been talking about for at least a year prior. It gave them the perfect opening to make that happen. I passed some time.

But, the dust is starting to settle, at least in terms of potential outlooks. On April 23, Waldo’s Wings announced they were going to reopen. That was a start. Yesterday, Cin Cin Burger Bar and Yamas Mediterranean Street Food both opened.

It was a glorious few days, indeed. Lea and Mel went to Yamas to grab some grub and so did we. I wasn’t passing on the opportunity to have some delicious Yamas that I had been craving for the last month. I was giddy and laughed all the way home.

While we were waiting for the curbside order, we saw this beautiful rainbow. Many people posted about it on social media. It was amazing and I think the perfect symbol for this town and all the restaurants, small businesses, service workers and the citizens of this fantastic town.

No word, just yet, on when Mama Zoe Michael’s will reopen, but I imagine it should be soon. Chris is a “spur-of-the-moment” kind of guy and I think when he’s ready, that trigger will be pulled quickly and without hesitation. When I know something I will post it here and/or on the Facebook page.

Waldo’s Wings is located at 2855 Reynolda Road.
Cin Cin Burger Bar is located at 1425 W 1st Street.
Yamas Mediterranean Street Food is located at 624 W 4th Street.

Go grab some food from one or all of these wonderful restaurants and post about it. Tag me if you’d like.

Diamondback Grill Re-Emerging This Weekend

The past few weeks have seen several businesses either revamping, repurposing, or simply jumping back into the fray after the nightmare we call COVID-19 set the entire world upon its proverbial head.

One big announcement came from Kimberly Gregg, owner of Diamondback Grill, the quaint eatery nestled in the heart of Buena Vista. The message was that Diamondback was re-emerging. This is wonderful news. Kimberly’s husband, “Murph” posted a long and touching post on March 28 that detailed the restaurant’s history, the area’s history, the importance of the community in which it sets and how difficult it was to lay off employees and shutter the dreams he and Kimberly had worked so hard to build and nurture. It was sad, but there were glimmers of hope in that message and it seems that now is the time to return. It is a time for rebirth, re-emergence and progress forward.

According to a post made on Diamondback Grill’s Facebook page (some edits for context):

We’re reopening THIS FRIDAY, May 1st for curbside/takeout!!! Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates on menu additions + nightly specials!

You can also go to our website www.diamondbackgrill.com to join our email list for the latest updates….catering, themed dinners, etc.

ALSO… we’re selling bottles of wine for 60% OFF 🍷!

Here are all the ordering details below! We cannot wait to get back to serving you homemade and delicious dinners…

Tuesday-Saturday for now from 5-8:30 pm – we will have someone outside monitoring arrivals for a quick, safe, and easy curbside pickup. 

We will continue to honor COVID guidelines by wearing masks, gloves to prepare the take out orders, as well as continuing to sanitize.

Three ways to contact Diamondback Grill and utilize their services:

  1. Call 336-722-0006 after 3 pm to place your order and pay over the phone. Or…
  2. Order and pay using the SwipeBy app. Or…
  3. Preorder online by 3 pm and pay via PayPal which is coming soon.

Diamondback Grill is located at 751 N Avalon Rd. in Winston-Salem.

I cannot wait to have some Diamondback goodness, soon!

Delicious By Shereen Picks Deliveries Back Up

Exciting news for fans of the delicious things that Delicious By Shereen!


HOME DELIVERY ROUND TWO: VEGGIE FRIENDLY! ⁣🥬🍅🧕

Our first home delivery day had a few kinks (🚘 🌧️  😓), but we’re confident that we’ve worked them out and are excited to offer our vegetarian family meal for delivery next Friday!⁣

Experience a new culture and support your Syrian refugee neighbors without leaving the comfort and safety of home! 🏠 Our veggie family-sized meal feeds 4 people, costs $40, and includes:⁣

🌯 Falafel wraps⁣
🥟 Veggie turnovers⁣
🥗 Hummus⁣
🤤 Baklava with walnuts⁣

We will be taking a very limited number of orders to test our new delivery model, so be sure to get yours in when the order form goes active on Monday! Delivery will be 2-6 pm on Friday, April 17th.⁣

💻 To place your order online on Monday, please head to — http://deliciousbyshereen.com/onlineorders/⁣

🧼 Yes, we are being extra cautious cleaning equipment, utensils, and surfaces and ensuring that no one who is sick or has a cough or fever is involved in the preparation or distribution of the meals.⁣

🚚 Our free delivery radius includes within a 5-mile radius of zip code 27104.⁣

Thank you, as always, for your support! ♥️ We are so grateful to be able to offer work to so many of our employees during this challenging time.⁣

#DeliciousByShereen

Krankies to Reopen with Limited Menu and Virtual Grocery Store

Krankies released some news:


🥁Drum roll, please!! It’s the moment you have all been waiting for!

We will be re-opening with limited days and hours. As promised, we will be adding a virtual grocery store to our website with items available that you might be having trouble finding at the store (we have toilet paper!). We also know that you all have missed the chicken biscuits, so those are back and available along with other items on our limited menu!

Everything must be pre-paid online (no cash transactions at this time).

We will be open on Tuesday and ‪Saturday from 8am-4pm‬. If you plan to purchase groceries please place those orders 48 hours in advance.

Please notice the images below (to the right) with directions on how to shop! Any item off of the limited menu can be ordered on Tuesday or Saturday from 8-4 online (no walk ups). Click the link below to start shopping! https://linktr.ee/krankies