A lot of restaurants are hurting right now, due to the COVID closures protocol. It is estimated that 10% of the restaurants closed due to the pandemic are already closed for good, a further 10% will not reopen if COVID closures last until the end of April. Up to 30% of the restaurants simply may not make it.
Many restaurants already offered numerous take out menu options. Others did a smaller or no take out business. Prolonged closure of restaurants calls for a bit of ingenuity and many places are stepping forward with delivery or curbside pickup options.
One of these, is our local French Canadian restaurant, Chartier. Their web site pick up menu (including a tip option) is refreshed every day at 11:00 AM and curbside pickup is available at Chartier between the hours of Noon and 8 PM, daily except Monday. Once you order and pay for your choices, you have the option to drive or walk for pickup. During pickup, social distancing rules still apply
For last Friday’s date night, we ordered a chicken pot pie from Chartier that gave us two meals. It was delicious. Stupidly, I took no photos of this, so can not share in this blog.
Yesterday, we opted for the Montreal smoked meat sandwich and poutine. How Canadian, eh? We added home made coleslaw and chilled Pinot Grigio to complete our meal. We would have lit some candles, but we were too hungry.
For our Saturday morning breakfast, we also ordered a cinnamon bun (they are huge).
I want to give a huge shout out to Sylvia and Darren of Chartier for bringing a hint of normalcy to an otherwise crazy mixed up world. We miss being able to visit the restaurant and we know they miss visiting with all their diners.
If you can, please do your bit to keep your favourite restaurant(s) afloat, we will all be the better for it, during our isolation and when we return to whatever passes for the new normal afterwards.
Now for a description of our pickup process. We chose to walk up and get our daily exercise in the process. At the restaurant, we took our place 3 meters from the door and awaited our package. A staff member brought a brown paper bag out and placed it on a chair on the sidewalk. We had a freshly laundered carry bag with us and placed the paper bag in it, to carry home. My hands stayed clean holding the bag, while my Patty placed it inside.
At home, I placed the carry bag on our ceramic cook top. Patty unpacked it and placed the contents in appropriate containers for heating or dining. A little bit of extra work, but worth it for peace of mind. (the black bag contained my weekly mail pick up and local newspaper, which will be “processed” at another time).