Statewide, businesses have been forced to adjust after Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced this week that restaurants, bars and other establishments that offer food or beverages for sale are restricted to carryout and delivery only with no on-site consumption permitted.
Many restaurants in Lincoln City, such as those located in the Oceanlake District, rely heavily on foot traffic for business. Looking for a solution to their problem, many of the Oceanlake restaurants have teamed up to provide safe, non-contact delivery to customers in town.
The Grill 1646, The Grub’s On, Marci’s Bar & Bistro, My Petite Sweet and Best Thai have joined together and are now all offering meal delivery service, many of which will be partnering with Central Coast Five Dollar Taxi.
It’s something the Oceanlake business owners such as Dan Clanton, owner of The Grill 1646, have been working on ever since the news broke.
“(Central Coast Five Dollar Taxi) drivers are all licensed in Lincoln County, they’ve gone through background checks and vetting. They’re safe for you guys, which is priority number one for us,” Clanton said. “You guys can order and Dave and his crew will bring you food in a timely manner so you don’t have to go outside. If you prefer, they can drop it at the door and leave as well.”
As is the case with several restaurants statewide, Clanton said he has shifted his business completely online.
“There’s no cash exchange. The delivery fee is already in there, so all you have to do is order,” Clanton said.
Last week, The Grill and several other Lincoln City businesses pledged to feed the K-12 students affected by the state’s six-week school closure. For Clanton, that promise is still in tact.
“As always, the kids eat free,” he said. “If you have kids at home, and they want a free hot dog, in the special notes just tell me how many kids, peanut butter and jelly or hot dog, and that’ll go out with your paid meal.”
Across the state, the businesses hit hardest by the new restrictions have most likely been bars. Serving up far more drinks than meals, Marci Baker, owner of Marci’s Bar & Bistro, said they’ve had to make some major adjustments this week.
“We’re one of the only bars in town that are trying to set up our own delivery service,” Baker said. “We essentially created a whole new business in just two days.”
Baker’s new business Zest Creperie & Tea House, will be closed for the week as they take this time to finish the facade update and merchandise the Artisan Boutique. Operating with new hours (Noon to Midnight) and an all new menu, which is available on their website and soon will be delivered around town, Marci’s Bar & Bistro is making the best out of a tough situation for small businesses.
“Growlers are available for takeout only soon,” Baker said. “At this time we are also handling our own deliveries in house unless we get too busy, which provides our staff with work, when they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
“John and I both miss our customers and want to make sure you all get the best experience!”
The Grill 1646
Marci’s Bar & Bistro
The Grub’s On
Website: The Grub’s On Facebook Page
My Petite Sweet
Website: Best Thai Facebook Page