At Applebee’s, there is a massive increase in telephone orders for meals to go out. At Darcy’s, people are calling ahead and coming to an outside window to pick up food orders.
At Paradiso, takeout amounts to about a third of the business in these days of the coronavirus. The large restaurant on South Washington Street, with seating for more than 300, is doing well with about a third of the business in takeout orders. And it offers curbside service.
Olive Garden maintains its own delivery service.
And at McDonald’s off 32nd Avenue South, there’s a sign that says, “If you need a mask, just ask.” This shop, along with other McDonald's, are open now to only drive-thru service.
Restaurants around Grand Forks – as everywhere – are coping with drops in business.
At Applebee's, Greg Remz, general manager, says most calls come in around 6 to 7 p.m. and again after 9 p.m. With seating limitations inside Applebee’s, the regular availability of 205 is down to 50 to 75.
At Panda Buffet, 2451 S. Columbia Road, some customers call ahead at 780-8800 and then pick up their orders. Others continue to eat inside, where favorites include fried crab ragoon and General Tso chicken.
While seating is limited inside Darcy’s Café at 1015 N. Washington St., customers are discovering hearty meals in the middle of the day. They call ahead to 775-4050 and pick up meals, such as turkey and meat loaf.
The outside service is consistent with inside choices. Michelle Hajicek, co-owner and manager, says the weekends have gone crazy. “Now we have pumpkin pancakes.”
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