Maybe you don't want to go to the grocery store right now. Maybe you can't cook. Maybe you're worried about the folks in the service industry who make up a big chunk of our town and are going to be especially hard hit by social distancing as we attempt to flatten the curve of COVID-19 contagion. Here are some restaurants going out of their way to help. Throw 'em some bucks if you can and/or donate to the GIving Kitchen, which will provide resources to those workers. Cosmic Delivery and Bulldawg Food are still operating, as are national services like UberEats.
Photo Credit: Classic City Eats via Facebook
The owners of the Baxter Street location of Champy's Famous Fried Chicken, which opened in 2015, recently decided to separate from the franchise and create their own restaurant. The renamed Classic City Eats has a similar menu but does not have the Delta tamales that were a highlight. it does still have plenty of fried chicken, draft beer, fried green tomatoes and such. It's open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and lunch Tuesday through Sunday.
International Grill & Bar, the Iranian restaurant on Mitchell Bridge Road, has added an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $12.65 a person.
Square One Fish Co., in Normaltown, has added Sunday brunch from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. You can see the menu on its website.
Photo Credit: Nedza's Waffles via Facebook
Cravings, a restaurant with another location in Milledgeville, has opened an Athens location in the former Franklin House Cafe downtown, at the corner of Thomas, Broad and Oconee streets. The Milledgeville location focuses on deli sandwiches and bubble tea, with breakfast to go, as well as occasional Filipino specialties like pancit. Cross your fingers for the latter.
Nedza's, which started out as a pop-up puffle waffle business at a table at Athens Farmers Market, then expanded to doughnuts and more out of a truck, is set to move into the old Your Pie in Five Points, opening around April. It'll serve doughnuts, biscuits and waffles (with ice cream and fruit), with gluten-free options and vegan options, but not pizza (the oven was removed). The business will still do events.
Happy 20th birthday to Barberitos, which managed to franchise without losing its identity or going out of business. It's a real achievement! Making it to 20 years is genuinely difficult in the restaurant industry, so props.
Hey, it's the first good news of 2020! Rashe Malcolm of Rashe's Cuisine is about to have a physical location once again. Malcolm has leased the space on Vine Street next to Broderick Flanigan's studio that was most recently Bajan Delight, and hopes to be open by February.
Malcolm owned a brick-and-mortar restaurant off Tallassee Road once upon a time, then went to catering only, then started building toward a shared commercial kitchen for small businesses (still in progress) and started a downtown market to let those vendors sell their wares.
Photo Credit: Gigi's Cupcakes/Facebook
Both locations of the franchise Gigi's Cupcakes (downtown at Pulaski and Broad, by what is now a Chase bank, and in the Epps Bridge giant shopping area of insanity) will close effective end of day Dec. 21. Both stores are selling cupcakes for $3 each until they run out.
The Oconee County location of Bone Island Grillhouse, also out in the Epps Bridge area, also closed, on Dec. 16. The original Eatonton location remains open and will honor any gift cards.
More food news:
Photo Credit: Taco Stand/Facebook
Late Friday afternoon, Team Clermont, the music promotion firm, sent out a press release announcing that the downtown location of Athens' Taco Stand would have its last day in business Sunday, Dec. 15.
The curse of 1660 W. Broad St., which has claimed a large number of restaurants over the past 20 years, continues, as Eden's Cafe announced that it will close Dec. 22, meaning another small, local business is shuttering right before the holidays.
Photo Credit: Café on Lumpkin via Facebook
It's been almost four years since the long-running Lumpkin Street Café closed, but something is finally brewing in the old house between Fleet Feet and the credit union. Luke Martineac, a young entrepreneur and business-type dude, found himself here in Athens while his wife pursues a doctorate in marine studies, wanted something to do and felt there was a need for a breakfast-and-lunch hangout in Five Points. Working with his brother, Peter, he's getting ready to open the Café on Lumpkin, aiming for late February.
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