In response to the coronavirus, here is a list of what extra steps are being taken and customer-friendly promotions are going on right now with downtown Chapel Hill businesses.
Carolina Brewery – The following are the steps that are being taken by the Carolina Brewery staff as it works to keep the restaurant clean to serve customers during this unsteady time:
– All condiments have been removed from tables. They will be handed out as needed and sanitized once removed from the table.
– Spaced seating in our dining rooms to avoid large clusters of people.
– Staff has been provided a pamphlet of information regarding COVID-19 and all they should do to help prevent the spread of the virus.
– Social media promotion encourages ordering food to-go.
– Brunch cold bar buffet is temporarily discontinued, those items are offered ala carte instead.
– Disinfectant wipes are stationed at all high hand traffic locations.
– Sanitizer bottles and as sani-buckets are stationed at key locations throughout the restaurant to ensure easy access.
– Two sanitizer stations are at the front door, the restaurant is awaiting a new shipment of sanitizer dispensers to spread around the restaurant.
– All silverware roll ups are being done using latex gloves.
– Front host team has been instructed to wipe down all heavy hand traffic spots on the front and rear door.
Cha House – Adjusted hours of operation: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Delivery now available through Doordash. Curbside pickup available (call to order). Cha House has amplified its cleaning, sanitizing the inside “constantly,” and encouraging customers to use the hand sanitizer by the register after interaction. Cha House has propped its front door open to minimize touching of a door handle/knob by numerous people.
Chapel Hill Restaurant Group (Squids, Four Eleven West and Lula’s in Chapel Hill & MEZ Contemporary Mexican and Page Road Grill in Durham) –
The Chapel Hill Restaurant Group is working closely with the Orange and Durham County Boards of Health to stay up to date with any new developments. The group has deep cleaned its restaurants and is following strict cleaning and sanitizing procedures throughout preparation and service. The restaurants are now using simple paper menus which are discarded after each use, so no menus will be used by more than one customer. Condiments (salt, pepper, sweeteners) will be served by request only, and servers will bring individual packs to each customer. The group can also provide compostable disposable utensils/napkin upon request. Restaurants in the group are prepared to do any food for take-out, and payment can be made by phone before pick-up if the customer prefers. Customers can also find most restaurants on these delivery services: DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmastes.
From the CHRG:
We have established what we think is a world record for hand washing by all our fantastic employees! We have never allowed employees to work if sick, but we are especially vigilant about this now.
Crook’s Corner – Now offering Crook’s-To-Go. The restaurant details its sanitation process and adjustments on its Facebook page.
DB Sutton & Company Wine Shop – The wine shop is offering wine delivery to Orange County, Durham County, and Northern Chatham County. Employees are able to run a credit card electronically and deliver to addresses within the counties with appropriate proof of ID. DB Sutton & Company Wine Shop is also offering curbside service on Franklin Street so that customers do not need to enter the shop.
Elaine’s on Franklin – Elaine’s updated its customers of its procedural adjustments via email, writing:
“While we have tenured and educated our staff in the policies of sanitation and cleanliness for over 20 years, we are now being even more diligent about our cleaning routines. Our team will continue using proper hand washing and gloves whenever possible. All team members are instructed and encouraged to stay home if they are feeling under the weather. (…) We are also removing a handful of tables from inside the restaurant, giving you a little more space between yourself and other diners. (…) Additionally, we’re taking advantage of the warm weather and placing a few tables outside. Now’s your chance to enjoy dinner truly on Franklin Street!”
Elaine’s dishes are now available for pickup via call-in order (and Bret says he may deliver your to-go meal himself, if you’re nice enough on the phone!).
Epilogue – Adjusted hours of operation: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mon.-Sat. & 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday.
Discounted $3 flat rate shipping on book purchases made through our order form or over the phone. We are working on getting our entire store inventory on the site, which should become available in the next two days, so please check it out.
Free shipping on gift cards purchased directly from our website or over the phone. These come in good cardstock with a handwritten note – a great gift for someone to look forward to using!
Want enough cookies for the weekend? Need an emergency sheet of barritas? Fill out our catering form and we can have them available for Next Day Pickup.
We are working with the Town on freeing up a parking space in front of our store for Curbside Pickup. As soon as this becomes available, we will post about it on social media.
We are working with Takeout Central to set up for home deliveries of our pastries and drinks. We will also post about this on social media as soon as it becomes available.
Sanitizing all surfaces – such as tables, countertops, door handles, banisters, shelves, terminals, and screens – every hour at minimum, whether they’ve been patronized or not
Encouraging our employees to use the paid health days we provide if they feel under the weather; should they have already used their paid health days, we do not take any disciplinary action for employees who are sick and/or are uncomfortable with coming into work
Although we will continue to offer a discount to patrons for using their own mug, we will use our compostable cups for serving and replace them for refills so as to avoid cross-contamination
All of our items have been switched to our compostable to-go containers
We have removed our condiment/creamer bar as well as our water dispenser; these can all be requested from the barista behind the counter
IP3 (Italian Pizzeria III) – IP3 remains open and it operating on regular business hours.
Ivy & Leo – Many team members are UNC students, so the boutique has encouraged some staff to stay away after travel and is monitoring their current health conditions to ensure the well being of all that visit the store. Staff has discussed the healthy practices that can be put into place and how to efficiently wash hands and avoid personal contact. All metal surfaces are consistently wiped down with disinfectant and Hand Sanitizer is provided at the register for the convenience of our customers.
Current promotions include offering customers 20% off all maxi dresses & jumpsuits Saturday 3/14 – Thursday 3/19. Other select Sweaters are 20% off. Textbook Tuesdays allow College Students with a valid ID to receive 15% off their purchases. Some ivy & leo merchandise is available for purchase through website and Instagram. Online merchandise, if in stock at the Chapel Hill store, can be held for the customer to come in and buy. Hours of operation are not being altered for the time being. The store is open Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
Lula’s – In light of recent news regarding COVID-19, Lula’s is making changes to ensure the safety of its staff and our community. Lula’s will be closed March 17-20 for a professional deep cleaning. Lula’s will reopen as a counter service restaurant on Saturday, March 21.
Explanation of the decision via the restaurant’s social media:
Our young staff relies on steady business and events to make ends meet. In the past weeks, business has declined and planned events have cancelled. With UNC-Chapel Hill, a bulk of our customers, switching to online classes, a counter-service model will allow us to pay our employees a guaranteed hourly rate in a time of no guaranteed business. Lula’s menu will stay the same, and we are adding more grab-and-go options for guests to re-heat at home. We also plan to offer Saturday brunch and weekday breakfast in the coming weeks. Guests are welcome to dine in or take their food to go. In addition to placing a take out order in person, customers can order and pay by phone. We are working on an online option as well. Lula’s would like to remind everyone we have maintained a superior sanitation rating since opening in 2018 and practice safe food handling and distribution daily. In addition to our current sanitation and cleaning procedures, we will be moving to disposable paper menus and individually-packaged condiments. We encourage you to join us at Lula’s and to continue supporting small businesses in Chapel Hill and the Triangle. 🐓💕
Mama Dips – Mama Dips offers curbside pick-up and delivery through Takeout Central (919-942-7678). The restaurant has implemented even more rigorous cleaning practices throughout the restaurant. This includes frequently sanitizing door handles, menus, tables, chairs, and all counter spaces in dining rooms and bathroom areas. Hand sanitizer is available to customers at additional points around the restaurant. Any staff member exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness or fever is asked to stay home and notify their physician. Mama Dips is working along with governmental agencies and will continue to closely monitor the situation and to adjust operations to prioritize the health and safety of the community and staff.
Mediterranean Deli & Bakery – Med Deli’s practices listed below:
– All staff are educated in the policies of proper sanitation regarding COVID-19.
– All surfaces are being sanitized throughout the day.
– All employees wear gloves, at all times.
– Sanitizer stations positioned throughout the restaurant.
– When weather permits. we keep our storefront windows open.
– We offer curbside pickup and delivery services through Takeout Central, GrubHub, Doordash, UberEats, Postmates and Elevate.
Pizza Press Chapel Hill – New cleanliness practices include the removal of all reusable cutlery, going to single-use condiment packets (parmesan, pepper flakes) instead of self serve shakers, and the use of single use gloves during check our process and dining bussing.
Pizza Press is offering a $5 five-topping pie starting Monday (3/16) between 2 and 5pm & 1/2 off drafts or $3 beers all week 3/16 until 3/23. Pizza Press works with Uber Eats, Door Dash, and GrubHub for delivery & also offers online ordering through its website and an app.
Hours of operations will change with the restaurant closing early, at 9 p.m., until students are back.
Shakti Body Piercing – Shakti has decided to close the studio from March 14 to March 25 in an effort to protect clients and staff.
Message from Shakti:
Although we always practice aseptic procedures to ensure the health of any/all who visit our small business with the current crisis the decision to discontinue services seems to be the best protocol. None of our staff or our clients presented any symptoms that prompted this action. But out of respect for the continued well being of our community, our closing feels like the safest decision until we know more about the effect this virus will cause.
Top of the Hill – Top of the Hill will be closed Sunday, March 15th and Monday, March 16th & will reopen at 12pm on Tuesday the 17th. The restaurant brought its award-winning Blueberry Wheat beer our a few weeks early and will be serving that and the rest of its house brews at $3 all week!
Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe – Ye Olde is closed on Mondays (which started on March 2, 2020). Otherwise, the restaurant will operate on regular business hours Tuesday-Friday 7:30am-1:30pm and Saturday/Sunday 8:00am-2:00pm.
A message from Ye Olde to its customers:
At Ye Olde, we’ve operated for 48 years with a high standard of daily sanitation measures in place. Recently, we received additional coronavirus-related guidance for cleaning and sanitizing from the Orange County Health Department. In an effort to protect our staff and customers, be assured that we’re taking these additional measures alongside what we’ve always practiced. We welcome you with utmost attention to wellness for all.