COVID-19 Updates *As of April 7th*
Here’s another update on some of the latest happenings around town. I probably will hold off on another one of these updates for a couple weeks, seeing as how things have basically remained mostly status quo. A lot of restaurants are open, so if you are wondering if your favorite place is serving, they likely are. Just call or hit them up on social media. As a reminder though, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tip your servers. Just because it’s takeout, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tip. These folks are still working to make sure you can still get your favorite restaurant foods, so please take care of them. That said, here’s a few happenings:
- Wayward Fox has reopened. One of my favorite new spots in town closed for the duration of March after the restaurant restrictions were put into place, but are now back at it with a limited menu. Takeout is available, as well as delivery through 352Delivery.com as of tomorrow (Wednesday, April 8th). Check their social media for menu updates.
- Dragonfly has announced a reduction in hours, now open daily from 4 PM to 9 PM. In addition to their menu items, cocktails are also available. Orders qualify for 15% off and free delivery if you order through their website using the promo code DRAGONFLY CARES.
- Speaking of limited hours/capacity, both Luke’s New York Bagels and Halo Potato Donuts have announced some limitations. Luke’s will only be open on Fridays through Sundays until further notice, starting at 7 AM and going until sold out. Halo Potato Donuts has shifted to online pre-orders only, not taking any walk-ups. You must place your order at www.halopotatotogo.com. If you missed my review on Luke’s and their ridiculously good bagels, scroll up on your feed or find it on my website.
- Opus Coffee has bags of their locally roasted coffee for sale on their website, and are donating one cup of coffee to a UF Health staff member each time you make a purchase. Check it out at www.opuscoffee.com
- Speaking of free coffee, Dave’s New York Deli is offering free coffee to all first responders and front line medical professionals. In addition to this, a discount is offered on food and grocery items at the restaurant.
- Afternoon has set up an online ordering system at www.afternoontogo.com where you can order your food for takeout, as well as “gift a meal” to a local service industry worker. It’s only $6 a meal, and I encourage anyone ordering food to add this onto their order.
- Public & General has a variety of family meals for sale, in addition to a “burger box” consisting of their legendary burger and fries for $10. Check their online store at http://publicandgeneral352.square.site for more information.
- Easter is coming up, and it’s going to be a depressing one. But Maple Street Biscuit Company is trying to help, offering Easter Lunch Baskets that feed 6-8 people. For $95, you get spiral sliced ham, mac & cheese, green beans & shallots, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, biscuits, and cinnamon apple dumplings.
- Finally, on a non-food related note. One of the handful of positive things to come out of this whole thing, is that the community is coming together in ways not seen before. We’re supporting local restaurants and people in need, showing our appreciation to all of the medical professionals we’re grateful to have here, and people are stepping up to contribute any way they can. Earlier today, I saw an awesome video posted by Scott Rosenboom of Rosenboom Construction of a DIY ventilator that was just pure genius. Worth a view here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGRlC52Td7w
Keep your chins up, people. I know anxiety has been a serious issue for a lot of you, including myself. But we’re going to get through it together and by supporting your fellow Gainesvillians. As the fine folks over at First Magnitude would say, “Hang in there, GNV.”