COVID-19 Updates *As of March 30th*
Alright everyone, time to provide another update on the latest happenings. Since April is basically cancelled, lets hope this won’t last much longer beyond that and we can all return to normalcy as soon as we can. My anxiety isn’t very happy with me right now, and I’m sure many of you are in the same boat. Stay well and stay safe! Let’s get cover a few items, shall we?
- Tomorrow, March 31st – Dragonfly will be partnering with Sysco in Jacksonville to provide complimentary groceries to about 250 local service industry workers. Starting at 3:30 PM, service industry employees can pick up boxes of food items such as eggs, meat, yogurt, bread, and fresh produce at their downtown location (201 SE 2nd Avenue).
- Sweet Dreams Ice Cream recently announced they would temporarily close their shop in favor of a “Sweet Dreams Tour”, visiting various neighborhoods throughout Gainesville and selling ice cream out of their big ol’ firetruck. Check their Facebook page for a schedule. No spoons are provided, and customers are to enjoy the ice cream at home!
- Similar to what Sweet Dreams has been doing, 4 Rivers recently held a “Mobile Pop-Up” in the Westchester neighborhood. Residents can pre-order their meals online, and pick up when they visit. If you are interested in having them come out to your neighborhood, please email NicoleH@4RSmokehouse.com or call 352-444-9901
- If you missed it, the Florida ATB recently tried to shut down the delivery of cocktails that affected a few local establishments that included Madrina’s, Dragonfly, Crybaby’s, and Public & General. After less than 24 hours, they reversed course and decided to allow it.
- Our local healthcare workers are all risking their own safety to ensure that our community gets the care it needs to fight this pandemic. One good way to thank them is to utilize Maple Street Biscuit Company’s “Biscuits for Heroes” Program. Order individually boxed meals for local healthcare workers, and they’ll deliver it to the location of your choice, and give you 10% of the order total back in the form of a gift card.
- In addition to their drive-thru beer store, First Magnitude Brewing Company will have local food truck vendors out throughout the week to offer takeout options to go with your beer. You can order ahead on their website at fmbrewing.com and check their Facebook page for a weekly rotating schedule of vendors.
- Halo Potato Donuts recently launched an online ordering option. Pick your donuts, show up, grab them, and immediately go stuff your face. You can order at www.halopotatotogo.com
- Finally, I’ve said this before but it bears repeating. A lot of your favorite local restaurants are still open and are either doing delivery or take-out. The best thing you can do is to call them during their regular business hours and inquire. Or you can look them up on 352Delivery, BiteSquad, or UberEats. Don’t use Door Dash, they’re listing restaurants on there without their permission and causing chaos.
Oh, and I’m going to be dropping a review about Luke’s New York Bagels this weekend just to maintain some level of normalcy…and also because if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen that I won’t shut the fuck up about their bagels.