Despite being ordered by Gov. Roy Cooper to shut down their dining rooms, many local food establishments are still open and providing carryout meals to their customers.
By the time Gov. Cooper made the announcement to close on Tuesday, March 17, restaurants had about two hours before they were required to stop serving patrons indoors.
Since then, business owners have adjusted their practices accordingly, making deliveries, setting up shop outside and otherwise making the best of the disruption to business.
Dwayne Forsythe of Carolina Coffee House was one such business owners who changed up his business plan by setting up a counter in the front door of his storefront at Waynesville Plaza.
“It lets people know that I’m here and open as they’re driving by,” Forsythe said. “There’s definitely been a drop in customers over the past few days.”
Some restaurants are offering free meals to school-aged children while school is out of session, which others still have some seating available outside.
Takeout in Bethel
At Juke Box Junction in Bethel, Mike Graham is serving takeout only, with his employees volunteering to help since all were laid off. Graham announced he was discontinuing in-restaurant dining days before it became mandatory.
“I love my employees and customers and have a true concern for their health and well being,” Graham wrote in a guest column in The Mountaineer that recounted his research about the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it will have locally.
That column caught the attention of John King at CNN, and an interview Graham gave had received 400,000 views, Graham has learned.
“My grandson told me that,” he said. “I haven’t had time to look.”
But there’s tangible evidence Graham’s announcement to use his food inventory to feed the community for as long as it lasts — at no charge — has fetched cards from across the country and donations as well.
Some who come to order take-out will drop a $100 bill in the donation bucket, Graham said, and one person from out-of-state sent in a $500 check after seeing the television interview.
“I really appreciated that, but I’d prefer people donate where they live,” he said, stressing the need for communities to stick together in times like these.
For now, Graham is pushing the word out, especially that he has ice cream, information that could perhaps help parents give their children something to look forward to after being at home all week.
Below is a list of restaurants still offering take-out and delivery service. To have your dining establishment added to this list, email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Angelo’s Family Pizza owner Crystal Hansen said the business is open for normal business hours and with full menu, and to check Facebook for regular updates.
- Southern Porch is open for curbside takeout from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and delivery customers can eat their carry out on the porch and patio, because tables have been moved to be six feet or more apart.
- Brickhouse Burgers & Pizza is open for carry out, and delivery when available, plus delivery through Grubhub and Door Dash, with normal hours — Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Watami Sushi and Noodles Restaurant is still open for carryout. Business hours did not change.
- Blue Rooster Southern Grill is reopening Monday March 23 with new ‘zero contact’ takeout and delivery protocol. Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Appalachian Smoke BBQ food truck is operating from noon to 7 p.m. or until out of stock in the parking lot of Dellwood Baptist Church, and once a week at the Wells Funeral Home and Event Center parking lot — find them on Facebook for more.
- Bocellis Italian Eatery is open for takeout and curbside pickup.
- Blue Ridge Beer Hub is still filling growlers and has lots of beer and wine for carryout, open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.
- The Swag is eyeing a May 1 opening date.
- Kobe Express in both Waynesville and Canton are open for to-go curbside service, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- The Sweet Onion is open for carryout and curb service from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
- Maggie Valley Club is open for carryout meals from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days week, and the golf course is open.
- Fuego Food Truck is doing carryout orders, check the schedule on Facebook as times and locations change. While school is out, the truck is offering a free kid’s quesadilla and French fries, no adult purchase necessary.
- Papertown Coffee is closed as of March 19. Retail sales for whole bean coffee and home brewing equipment are available by appointment.
- China King is open for takeout only from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Black Bear Cafe is open for takeout and curbside from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call ahead at 828-648-1003.
- Hit the Pit BBQ is open beside the EZ Stop in Clyde at 8721 Carolina Blvd. Call in takeout and curbside orders at 828-507-6209.
- Smoky Mountain Coffee Roasters are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Chef’s Table is open for takeout from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.
- Laurel Ridge country club is open to members and non-members for carryout from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call in orders at 452-0545, ext. 140
- Sherrill’s Pioneer Restaurant is open for carryout and curb service, between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. every day but Sunday. Call ahead at 828-627-9880.
- 828 Market on Main is open for takeout and curbside pickup seven days a week.
Ammons Drive In open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily offering full menu for curb service and call ins/take out only.
- JRO’S Burgers and Subs is open for takeout and local business delivery, with normal hours.
- Dimaggio Pizza and Pasta is taking delivery and takeout orders after 4 p.m.
- Panacea Coffeehouse, Café and Roastery is open for takeout and curbside service Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Canelos Mexican Family Restaurant is open for takeout orders.
- Firefly Taps and Grill is open for lunch takeout seven days a week for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will extend hours if they get busy. They are serving free chicken finger and French fry baskets to school-aged kids while supplies last.
Bogarts Restaurant & Tavern is open for carryout or drive-thru seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Birchwood Hall Southern Kitchen is open for takeout as of March 20.
- Bourbon Barrel Beef & Ale is open for takeout.
- Boojum Tap Room is open for takeout every day but Tuesdays.
- Church Street Depot is closed Sundays, but otherwise open for takeout.
- Clyde’s Restaurant is available for takeout from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., closed Mondays.
- El Pobre Mexican Restaurant is open for takeout.
- Haywood Smokehouse is open for takeout, but closed Sunday and Monday.
- Hazelwood Farmacy is open for takeout, but closed Wednesday.
- Ian & JoJo’s Pizzeria is open for takeout, but closed Sunday and Monday.
- Kandi’s Bake Shop is open for takeout Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
- Kanini’s Catering & Café is now open at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for takeout and curbside pickup.
- Kornerstone Kafe is open for takeout, as well as catering and business delivery. Kids eat free from noon to 6:30 p.m. Check Facebook for updates.
- Maggie’s Galley is open for takeout and curbside pickup, but closed Monday.
- Papas and Beer is open for takeout seven days a week.
- Sauced is open for takeout.
- Smoky Mountain Sub Shop is open for takeout, but closed Sunday.
- The Buttered Biscuit is open for takeout, but closed Tuesday.
- The Cuban Guy is open for takeout on weekdays.
- The Patio Bistro is open seven days a week for takeout and delivery.
- Café Italiano is open for takeout, but closed Monday and Tuesday.
- Vittles Restaurant is open for takeout, but closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Frankies Italian Trattoria is open for takeout, but closed Sunday.
- Guayabito’s Mexican Restaurant is open for takeout.
- Organic Bean Coffee Shop is open for drive-thru, but closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Pop’s Place is doing curbside service.
- Rendezvous is open seven days a week for takeout and delivery.
- Salty Dog’s Seafood is open seven days for takeout.
- Snappy’s Italian is open for takeout and delivery, but closed Sunday and Monday.
- Coffee Cup Café is open for takeout and curbside pickup on weekdays.
- Ferrara Pizza and Pasta is open for takeout, but closed Sunday.
- Haywood 209 Café is open seven days a week for takeout.
New Happy Garden is open every day from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Customers can call in orders for curbside pickup. Buffet is closed, but menu ordering is available. nhgwaynesville.com.
- Forke in the road is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call in orders at 828-450-1244.