Restaurants were ordered closed for in-person dining, but here are 100+ Tacoma and Pierce County restaurants with take-out and delivery
These are weird times. Sometimes weird times call for extreme measures, like closing all restaurants for in-person dining to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Need to know who is open with takeout and delivery? Click below for a spreadsheet of 200+ Pierce County restaurants open and serving takeout and delivery; plus a searchable Google map created by Daniel Dye using my data. RESTAURANT OWNERS ONLY: To be included in my spreadsheet, email me this info to firstname.lastname@example.org: Restaurant name, type of food, address w/zip, phone, web, menu link, all styles of service/delivery you’re offering.
Restaurant owners around Pierce County understandably were devastated by the state-issued mandate to close all restaurants and bars, but restaurant owners also have been telling me they understand the risk to public health and safety if they continue operating without taking extra precautions.
UPDATE! Here are restaurants offering Easter meals for takeout or delivery. You have your choice of brunch, dinner and other options. One restaurant is even offering family-sized mimosas.
What’s certain is that restaurant owners are responding in new and different ways to the fast changing landscape for dining.
Eric Poulin of Bar Bistro in Midland, has changed his business model from his typical upscale dine-in restaurant to curbside takeout/pickup only. He won’t allow diners into the building to protect his staff and to keep the public safe. “No guest will be allowed inside of Bar Bistro even for bathroom purposes,” said Poulin. “We are protecting our staff and our work environment. Continuously disinfecting contact areas within the restaurant every time a new guest enters the building is not attainable without increasing the cost of goods sold.”
He added, “Instructions will be posted on social media and on our front door for ordering take out. You call, we take your order, you arrive, we contact you back and we bring your fresh food to your car in our parking lot.”
Is it working? “Today’s biz volume paid bills even,” said Poulin. “We will see what tomorrow holds.” Next week, he hopes to start offering online ordering via the Heartland Guest App.
Ellie Carr, who co-owns Carrs Restaurant in Lakewood with husband Chris, said they’re trying to be as scrappy as possible at the moment. “We are still open and are currently offering carry out, curb side and delivery services. Here’s where we’re at as a team: My whole staff is wanting not only to help where they can- but also to work. So they will be hanging out in shifts of 2 waiting to take delivery calls. We will be asking for a $7 service charge per delivery (cheaper than Door Dash!) and all of that will go to the drivers, which we will rotate through as staff are able to be there. We have drawn up a small menu of family meals as well, that will feed 4-6 people for dinner and can be ordered through us via phone, Facebook messenger or website. Delivery is most certainly available for those too. Lastly- for those still able to go to work, we also have box lunches available that we can bring to your office for a no-contact drop off, should companies need to feed their crew. We are also available through Door Dash and Uber Eats with our regular menu-but we want to encourage people to order directly through us, as we loose a very large percentage to those services.”
FAMILY MEALS FOR ALL
Like Carrs, other restaurants changed their business plans by catering to families looking for a little carb therapy. Joeseppi’s, the Westgate Italian restaurant, reported that it would offer family take-out meals. “We are also giving 10% off for to go orders and have special family style meals available,” the announcement read. They’re offering family feeds for six that includes spaghetti with meat sauce, a house salad and bread and garlic butter for $59.95. Want fettuccine instead? They’ve got the same meal deal for $59.95. There’s also a cheese tortellini family dinner for $69.95 and a lasagna dinner for six for $79.95.
Farm 12, the newly opened restaurant in Puyallup, also will start serving family meals beginning Wednesday. For now, they’re offering curbside pickup. All diners have to do is call their order in and park in a designated spot for pickup.
A BIT OF FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR DELIVERY CHARGES
And then there are generous restaurant owners like Cory Cannell, who operates Puget Sound Pizza in Tacoma and is about to expand to a second location in Spanaway. Over the weekend, he suspended all delivery fees for delivery of his pizza, pasta and sandwiches.
Robert Stocker, who owns Beefy’s Burgers in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood and Shake Shake in Tacoma’s Stadiun neighborhood, also is offering reprieve to Sixth Avenue and Stadium residents. His businesses are delivering for free to a one-mile radius around the restaurants. All diners have to do is call in their orders.
Stocker, who also is still trying to open his Boom Boom Room in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood, said he’s looking forward to everything returning to normal. “When this is over it will be like V-day all over again. The bars and restaurants will be busting at the seams.”
ST. PATRICK’S DAY MUST GO ON
Oddfellas Pub, in Westgate, was proceeding Tuesday with its St. Patrick’s Day dining specials, while supplies last. “Try our latest featured item: Ma Jane’s Corned Beef and Cabbage! Slow Smoked Corned Beef Brisket, Naughty Mashed Potatoes, and Bacon fried Cabbage. Finished with Oliver’s House Brown Gravy,” the restaurant announced. It’s $12.99 and available through curbside takeout or through Uber Eats, Grub Hub or Door Dash.
AND YOU CAN STILL GET BOOZE
Breweries and bars such as Wingman Brewers and Oddfellas are advertising they’ll do growler refills. As a public service, Wingman is giving 25 percent off to beer lovers. Oddfellas is doing curbside service at the moment.
Sam Halhuli, owner of The Mule Tavern in Tacoma got crafty with an idea to do takeout and delivery growler fills of housemade hibiscus tonic water and the bar’s legendary housemade ginger beer, which are both necessary components for the home cocktail enthusiast (by that, I mean me). “The best way to contact us is IM because we’re not always here at the bar. But I can meet anyone at any time,” he said.
Peaks & Pints, the Proctor neighborhood bar, will stay open for pick-ups, but is shutting down its on-site dining, of course. “Retail sales and take-out cuisine are still allowed. Therefore, you can shop Peaks & Pints’ cooler doors like any retail or grocery store. We can also fill growlers, as well as prepare take-out sandwiches, salad and appetizers. At this time Peaks & Pints will open our doors open to you. We’ve taken extra precautions in all of our establishments, implemented additional operational steps to reduce risk and enhanced safety protocols,” announced co-owners Ron Swarner and Robby and Justin Peterson. And to fulfill your Irish beer needs, the bottle shop is also offering flights of Irish beer – to go.
KIDS EAT FREE
Restaurant owners also wanted to fill a need for families at home with kids who are out of school. The Hub locations in South Hill and Gig Harbor are offering a free kids take-out meal with the purchase of an adult take-out meal. El Toro locations and Moctezuma’s Tacoma and Gig Harbor locations are offering the same kind of deal. Seattle-based Kizuki Ramen and Sushi, which also has a location at Tacoma Mall, took an extra step. It announced Sunday that it would offer free kids meals for any child needing or wanting one.
From the restaurant, “We know these are uncertain times. We want to contribute and support Seattle. Many families count on meals from schools. We are here to close the gap. Our vision is to bring joy to our team members, customers and the communities we serve. And we are here to do just that. Free lunches for kids under 18. No purchase necessary.”
Because of how their restaurants are set up, some restaurants felt they had no choice but to close.
Shawn DeCicco, co-owner of The Loose Wheel and The Summit Pub, said they’re closing “for the duration of the mandated closure and will not be offering take out, unfortunately.” Other restaurants are also closing, including Johnny’s at Fife. Matt Henning of My 4 Sons Barbecue in Midland announced he would stay open this week, but likely would close March 23-31 to reassess how things are going. “We hope and pray that this virus goes away quickly but we need to plan for the long term. Our goal is to continue to serve all of you the same as before but we also need to take into account the well being of our community and doing our part to slow the spread of this virus.”
RESTAURANTS STILL OPEN AND READY TO SERVE YOU: HERE IS WHERE TO GET TAKE-OUT, DELIVERY, ETC
Plenty of restaurants are taking extraordinary measures to sanitize restaurants while still offering take-out and curbside service, plus delivery. I’ve been in touch with more than 100 restaurant owners about what they’re doing for dining during the mandatory in-person dining closures.
Here’s a spreadsheet with up-to-date information on where to get take-out, curbside delivery and in-house or third-party delivery at locally owned Pierce County restaurants – https://bit.ly/2ISyH7D
Further proving that there are angels who live among us, Where to Dine Pierce County member Daniel Dye has synched up a Google map with my spreadsheet. View it here – https://bit.ly/2QjwBSv
Want to add or change information in the Pierce County restaurant spreadsheet? Email me at email@example.com.