Elizabeth W. Jernigan

After Charlotte restaurants ramp up takeout/delivery, some decide to close amid COVID

We never thought the most common word we’d connect with successful restaurants wouldn’t be “delicious” — it would be “pivot.”

But pivoting has been one of the keys to surviving in the food world while a statewide stay-at-home order is in place. Figuring out how to sell food when your dining room is closed has been like a musician trying to play in an empty arena.

So far, the great takeout experiment has had winners and losers among Charlotte area restaurants.

Chris Coleman, for instance, had just opened Goodyear House on Feb. 4, six weeks before North Carolina Gov. Roy

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is this the end of sharing platters and communal seating?

sharing food - SolStock/Moment RF
sharing food – SolStock/Moment RF

Among all the adaptations restaurants will undergo when eased lockdown regulations finally allow businesses to open on July 4 (providing various conditions are met), one can’t help but wonder – what will happen to restaurant menus? 

Not the physical menus – many restaurants have already laid out their plans to hand out disposable menus or send digital copies to diners prior to their visit – but those concepts fuelled by our penchant for help-yourself tapas, ‘small plates’, feasting platters and communal tables. Love them or hate them, such menus that promote a relaxed, casual style

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Where to order Mother’s Day takeout in Los Angeles and Orange County

Many restaurants are offering Mother's Day specials. Pictured is the Mother's Day package from Joan's on Third. <span class="copyright">(Joan's on Third)</span>
Many restaurants are offering Mother’s Day specials. Pictured is the Mother’s Day package from Joan’s on Third. (Joan’s on Third)

The following is a list of places offering Mother’s Day takeout specials. Because hasn’t Mom cooked and cleaned enough the last two months (and really, for your entire life)?

Most places are offering their regular menu items in addition to the specials.

DOWNTOWN L.A.

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The restaurant is offering a menu that includes a variety of appetizers such as hummus and falafel for $28 per person. There is also a mixed grill menu with kebabs, lamb chops, rice, vegetables and

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You can’t do to-go business if no one comes. For Delta’s day-trip towns, pandemic takes toll

To-go orders won’t cut it for many businesses along the Delta.

For the tourist communities of Isleton, Walnut Grove and Locke, business has whimpered since the first set of COVID-19 “stay-at-home” orders and restrictions in March. In the small communities nestled alongside the bends of the Sacramento River, local residents don’t spend enough to keep business afloat.

They need visitors. They need people to come, stay, dine and enjoy their towns. And the coronavirus has cut them off.

“The traffic comes and goes, and no one stops,” said Banna Phat, owner of Alma’s River Cafe in Walnut Grove.

These town

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