COVID-19 Updates *As of March 20th*

Obviously with the new order from the Governor, everyone that is open is doing take-out and/or delivery service, and no more dine-in service. Most restaurants in town are still open in this capacity, with the bars obviously shut down. Though the silver lining is that we can now have alcohol deliveries. I thought I’d take this opportunity to provide a few more updates of local restaurants doing some special stuff, since the last post got real big and hard to follow.

I cannot stress the importance of supporting your local restaurants during this time. I’m making it a point to support one local eatery a day as long as laws allow. I know some may not be able to do the same, but you can also help by spreading the word. The chains can wait, your local restaurant cannot. So even if your favorite place is not listed below, be sure to check in on them and put in an order. Most restaurants are doing a wonderful job of communicating via social media right now, and there are plenty of Facebook groups popping up where restaurants are posting in. Please support them!

-This Sunday, March 22nd – Midici’s Pizza will be offering free meals to Alachua County families, school teachers, and school employees from Noon until 8 PM or until they run out. It’s recommended you call ahead at 352-378-3030 and they will let you know an estimated pick-up time. This is obviously curbside pick-up only.

-Public & General is offering Family Meal Packs available for two ($30) or four people ($60) with pick-up times at 5:30 PM or 6:30 PM. You can call 352-745-7358 to order, and they are posting menus over on their Instagram page (@public_and_general)

-Madrina’s may be closed, but they are working on ready-to-drink cocktails for you to take home or get delivered. They also have bottles of their spirits in stock for sale while supply lasts. Please keep up with their Instagram page for updates (@madrinas352)

-Both Maple Street Biscuit Company locations have essentials for sale in stores that include paper towels, toilet paper, bottled water, frozen chicken breasts, and more…while supplies last.

-If you order Dragonfly Sushi to-go or for delivery, you can add bottles of wine, sake, beer, or their cocktails. Their cocktails are priced at $11 a piece.

-Bangkok Square started their own delivery service, bringing you food for a $5 charge, which goes straight into the pockets of their wait staff.

-Starting Monday, March 23rd through April 3rd, the Junior League of Gainesville Florida is hosting a food drive at 430 N. Main Street to benefit Alachua County Schools, Food4Kids, Southwest Advocacy Group, and Catholic Charities. Drop-off hours at 11 AM to 1 PM and 4 PM to 6 PM. Please consider donating shelf-stable food items.

- Pop-A-Top Corner Store downtown has pre-made to-go dinners for sale, and has options for vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters alike. A menu is posted on their window.

-Downtown Wine & Cheese are offering wine delivery. You can inquire at 352-222-1348.

That’s all for now folks, I will update this post until it gets out of hand, and make a new one if needed. Please stay safe out there, wash your hands and be kind.

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