#GOSupportGaston Mini-Blitz: Top Three Takeout, this weekend
Updated: Apr 3
Note: This article is part of our #GOSupportGaston campaign. In these coming weeks, the campaign will feature seven mini-blitzes to support local businesses impacted by COVID-19. Check Gaston Outside for updates on our efforts with supportgaston.com.
Call To Action: This weekend, support at least one of your top three favorite restaurants by ordering take out. Share your support of these businesses using #GOSupportGaston.
Local restaurants make up a large part of our economy—financially and relationally. In addition to physically feeding us, they feed a broader social need for connection and conversation over a shared table.
But with the onset of COVID-19 just a few short weeks ago, everything changed.
Restaurants have been forced to shift their business models to offer exclusively takeout and delivery-- a shift that has caused quite a challenge for many. These businesses are hurting, according to local survey data published by the Gaston Business Task Force. Business owners, forced to make tough decisions, are asking questions today that they wouldn’t have thought imaginable just one month earlier.
But what if your favorite restaurant didn’t open back up? How would your life be impacted? How would that impact our community? These are all questions that are unfortunately on the table as we navigate these sudden, unexpected changes to our lives.
Not only have restaurants shifted from dine-in to carry-out only, but some have adjusted their menu to cater more to carry-out. Barrister’s at the Esquire Hotel is known for their high-end Southern-inspired dishes and hand-crafted cocktails. While this style of dining serves them well during life as normal, it is not exactly set up for to-go. So, like all of us, they’ve had to adjust.
Channeling the same creativity and quality, Barrister’s has shifted to family-style meals that can be picked up day-of. These typically include salad, bread, a main course and dessert and serve about four people.
In Belmont, Nellie’s Southern Kitchen has shifted to not only offering to-go and delivery through DoorDash, but they have also started up a grocery curbside pick-up for things like buttermilk, Nellie’s housemade dressings and sauces and various meats.
If it’s beverages you’re looking for, Catawba Coffee, among others, is offering curbside service. You can call your order in and have it delivered right to your car, so as to avoid stepping into public places.
Delivery is offered for many through DoorDash, but there are also some locally-based businesses delivering. Tipsy Ryde (typically used as a taxi) has expanded their curbside offerings of beer, wine and spirits to include restaurant delivery. Speedy Grub’s Delivery is continually adding restaurants and food truck options as well.
Not looking for take-out? Grab a gift card and save it for a rainy day while supporting these establishments now when the support is vital.
As part of an effort to support these businesses, GarlandBurks Marketing has created SupportGaston.com in an effort to stockpile local businesses and their current adjusted offerings. This list (which is updated daily) has over 100 restaurants who are still up and running and who need your support now more than ever.
The main component ensuring these establishments make it through this hard time is community support. So whether you’re picking up, ordering delivery, or grabbing curbside, there are endless ways to support Gaston County during this time.
Use our guide below to find your faves.