The weekly Lenten Fish Fry at Sacred Heart Church in East Grand Forks is taking place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 20.
Customers will receive meals at the drive-thru or by pick-up only; the dining area is closed. For drive-through service, use the elementary school bus lane on Fourth Street Northwest.
East Grand Forks Mayor Steve Gander is planning to hand out meals for the event, said Michelle Senger. She and her husband, Tom Senger, are the fish fry chairpersons.
“He’s our guest host,” she said.
Customers may pick up a meal in person, using door 1. Go through the arch that is next to the church on Third Street Northwest. Parking is available across the street.
“We are going to ask people to use caution and take turns coming into the building,” so no groups of people are congregating in one place, Senger said. There will be signs reminding people to distance themselves, she said.
The meal includes hand-battered Alaskan walleye, baked potato with sour cream and butter, coleslaw and bread.
Cost is $11 per meal. No children’s meals will be available, in order to keep the lines moving as quickly as possible.
No home-delivery service will be available.
“We are stretching out our crew so there are no more than 10 people working together at any time,” Senger said. “We are taking all safety measures.”
Kitchen employees are using warmers and coolers to maintain optimum food temperatures, she said. The crew is using long tables, set up in the small gym, the former dining area, to spread out and create an assembly line of work stations for filling takeout containers.
It is uncertain if the fish fry will continue past this week, Senger said. That decision will be made after Friday’s event, when organizers can assess how the operation functioned and “how long it takes us to get the product out,” she said.
“This is a trial run. We are not going to commit to any other Friday at this point.”