The spread of COVID-19 and social distancing measures aimed to slow it down have seemingly shut down cities across the country.
Yet in Glendale and Peoria, many local restaurants are doing what they can to stay afloat—and continue providing meals to residents—during these uncertain times.
Gov. Doug Ducey ordered all restaurants in Maricopa County to stop providing in-restaurant dining March 21.
But he allowed restaurants to remain open for delivery, takeout and drive-thru service.
Even so, restaurants have struggled.
“I had to pretty much terminate all my staff,” said Nick Rowland, manager at Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen in north Glendale, near Peoria.
Rowland said his sales have dropped to less than a third of what they were before the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the financial challenges, Rowland said he and his remaining staff are thankful for each day they still get to come to work.
For Waldemar and Margaret Okula, sales are down at A Touch of European Café as well.
While cash may not come in as quickly as it used to, the couple said that providing for their community gives them all the purpose they need.
“We are just trying to survive and help the people during these tough times,” Margaret Okula said.
Restaurants throughout Glendale and Peoria have started offering delivery and limited-time specials to support the community amid this health crisis.
“This is a time we all need to man together,” Rowland said.
Among the restaurants offering specials are:
•Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen, 8280 W. Union Hills Drive, Glendale; 623-466-0228.
With only two people in the kitchen and two in the front of the store, it offers half priced bottles of wine every day and any six pack of beer (you can mix and match) for $13.
Also, for $50 you can get Picazzo’s Family Meal, which includes any big salad, a loaf of housemade focaccia bread and the choice of either two 12-inch pizzas or a catering-size pasta.
•A Touch of European Café, 7146 N. 57th Drive, Glendale; 623-847-7119.
Enjoy an authentic polish Easter dinner including a creamy white borscht soup, lamb stew and a traditional polish Easter cake for $19.99.
A Touch of European Café is also offering $2 off of its Polish Sampler Platter.
•Slapfish, 7280 W. Bell Road, Glendale; 623-334-9350.
For limited time, kids younger than 18 can eat free, said Matthew Farren, manager at Slapfish in Glendale.
Slapfish Taco Tuesday with $3 tacos and $3 select beers.
Slappy Hour, Monday through Friday, features discounts on some orders.
•Bubba’s 33, 16100 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Drive, Peoria; 623-412-9933.
“Thank you for supporting local business in these trying times,” said Cody Lewien, manager at Bubba’s 33 in Peoria.
He said the restaurant is offering curbside, pickup and online ordering.
Bubba’s 33 is offering Family Packs with pizza, pasta, lasagna and chicken tenders for $24.99 ($19.99 on Sundays).
•Dazzo’s Dog House, 6143 W. Glendale Avenue, Glendale; 623-934-3536.
“We don’t need any specials, because we’re already the cheapest hog dog in town,” said Anthony Dazzo, manager at Dazzo’s Dog House.
The signature Dazzo’s hot dog and a side of fries costs $4.05.
•Lakeside Bar and Grill, 9980 W. Happy Valley Road, Peoria; 623-566-1470.
For a limited time, Lakeside is offering its Fish Friday special every day for $12.99, manager Steven Fleshner said.
Fleshner said Lakeside is also offering free delivery for orders over $50.
•Fixin’ to Eat, 8940 W. Bell Road, Suite 101, Peoria; 623-583-8283.
Fixin’ to Eat is a meal-prep kitchen that normally allows customers to come in and prepare a month’s worth of meals themselves.
However, since that is no longer an option, a limited-time offer of 10% off all orders will be provided, said Jaimi Morgan, owner of Fixin’ to Eat.
Fixin’ to Eat has no-contact curbside pickup or delivery of meals that can be cooked at home.
“We’ll get through this,” Morgan said.
•Abuelo’s Mexican Food, 16092 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Drive, Peoria; 623-878-8282.
Abuelo’s is open for pickup or delivery, with 15% off pickup or curbside orders (minium purchase $25).
Abuelo’s is also offering free delivery through April 14 on all orders over $30 on abuelos.com, and specials on fajita party packs.