The tough times for local restaurants went to another level last weekend.
By order of Gov. Doug Ducey, as of Saturday, March 21, there will be no more dine-in eating at restaurants and bars in Maricopa County.
The move is temporary, aimed at helping slow the spread of COVID-19.
It should be noted that Ducey was not closing restaurants. He stated in his Thursday, March 19, order, restaurants should “provide dine-out options only.”
Some good news in the announcement: “To assist in mitigating the financial consequences of restaurant closures, the executive order also allows restaurants to deliver alcoholic beverages with the purchase of food.”
Many West Valley restaurants remain open, providing curbside and in-store pickup, as well as delivery.
Among the restaurants that are open:
Bubba’s 33, 16100 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Drive, Peoria; 623-412-9933.
While the Bubba’s 33 dining room is temporarily converted for takeout only, the restaurant will remain open for curbside to-go orders. For additional meals, guests can order online, through the website or app, or by phone.
“To help feed local families,” at 3:33 p.m. Friday, March 27, Bubba’s 33 will give away 33 free pizzas to the first 33 cars in line Limit one meal per car.
Biscuits Café, 24812 N. 67th Avenue, Peoria; 623-215-4869; or 19420 N. 59th Avenue, Glendale; 623-376-2440.
This is some serious comfort food, breakfast (think biscuits and gravy) or lunch (French dip, Reuben). Biscuits is open for takeout and delivery. For door dash delivery: doordash.com/business/biscuits-cafe-41088.
Bibianos Mexican Restaurant, 10651 W. Olive Avenue, No. 106, Peoria; 623-972-0202.
“Yes, we are open,” Bibiano’s posted over the weekend. “We are taking extra measures to make sure everyone is safe. We are constantly monitoring the situation and will make changes as needed.
“At this time we can only offer takeout. You can call your order in or place it online at bibianos.com. We are also partnered with #UberEats, #Postmates and #DoorDash.
“Thank you for your continued support through this tough time. You are allowing us to keep our employees working. We appreciate you all!”
Peoria Cafe Family Restaurant, 8405 W. Peoria Avenue, Peoria, Arizona; 623-979-7873,
A Facebook post Sunday night shows this place is not just open, but taking care of the people who are taking care of people:
“Calling all healthcare workers! As a special thank you, we are offering 50% off your total bill when you order curbside takeout.”
Peoria Cafe Family Restaurant also started offering delivery, just in time …
Mercer’s Restaurant, 9720 W. Peoria Avenue, Suite 101, Peoria; 623-972-0933.
The homestyle eatery posted Sunday, March 22, that it was ready to start takeout/curbside pick-up of the likes of banana walnut pancakes and chicken fried steak.
Oscar’s Taco Shop, 5350 W. Bell Road, Surprise; 623-214-2112.
After recently celebrating its grand opening, Oscar’s remains open for takeout. Oscar’s also uses Door Dash for delivery service.
Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 5670 W. Peoria Avenue; 623-979-3500.
It’s not just about the burros and enchiladas, the Mexican drinks experience also continues here. “Margaritas, sangria and Ceverza now available for takeout,” said a post Saturday.
Jimmy John’s, 7708 W. Bell Road and 18589 N. 59th Avenue, Glendale; 602-993-1499.
Nice story of a man who came in and ordered three sandwiches, last week. “Before he exited our restaurant, he left a $125 tip for the workers to help them in their time of need.”
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, 16067 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Drive, Peoria; 623-773-0500.
Talk about sharing the love, on Facebook: “Just a friendly reminder that we are still #OpenForDelivery (applause emoji) and we’re not the only ones! Our friends at Viva Chicken are too. Join us in supporting local businesses in our community! We will get through this together!”
The Haymaker Restaurant Co., 24762 N. Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria; 623-566-1515.
A happy-sad post, for these troubled-but-hopeful times:
“Thank you Peoria! We sold enough food to pay for our current staff for the week! All other profits are being held to give back to the staff we had to lay off (Goodyear location closed). We cannot thank you enough for the local support!
“We WILL get through this!”
And pass the mashed potatoes.
This list will continue next week.
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