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GROCERIES ON THE MENU — Mary and Steve Redmond, owners of Blue Rooster Southern Grill, have opened their restaurant’s pantry to customers, while grocery stores struggle to stay stocked.

With slim pickings on certain grocery store shelves, Blue Rooster Southern Grill has made its pantry available to customers for curbside pickup or delivery, said owner Steve Redmond.

“We stock about 400 items in the restaurant, I’ve got everything people are needing right now,” Redmond said. “If you need onions for your house, I got onions, why shouldn’t you have them?”

The Blue Rooster reopened Monday, March 23, having spent the prior week training employees for new practices and redoing its computer system to account for pantry items that are now available for purchase — from paper products to bread, meat, produce, cheese and dairy.

“You need a loaf of white bread, you can come by here and pick it up,” Redmond said. “If you wanted to order some fried chicken tenders and French fries for yourself, and a pound of ground beef and a roll of toilet paper, it could be done.”

Redmond said his restaurant is not overwhelmed like the grocery stores that are struggling to keep up with demand during a time when people are stockpiling items due to the new coronavirus.

“If you have any symptoms, you don’t need to be around anyone else,” Redmond said. “If someone is sick, this is a perfect opportunity to get them groceries — they don’t need to be in Walmart.”

The restaurant’s services during this time are non-contact, and involve no direct interaction, Redmond said. Payments are taken by credit card over the phone, then a delivery driver leaves the order on a customer’s doorstep, or a customer can pick up their order curbside.

“I don’t want to be in the grocery store business,” Redmond said. “I’ll do it as long as there’s a need to do it, but as far as that goes, we want customers in here eating.”

Blue Rooster Southern Grill is located at 207 Paragon Parkway in Clyde, and their pantry menu can be found on Facebook.

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