Coronavirus: Austin Eateries Focus On Delivery, Curbside Pickup

Coronavirus: Austin Eateries Focus On Delivery, Curbside Pickup

AUSTIN, TX — Officials of the beloved pizza joint Home Slice said on Monday they would only be selling their pies by takeout service only in light of the new coronavirus threat — joining a growing list of eateries opting to take the step to inhibit potential exposure to the respiratory illness.

Starting on Monday, the take-out service will be offered at both the South Congress and North Loop eateries, Home Slice officials said. Pick-up orders can be made by phone, online at homeslice.com, and walk-up through the takeout windows, as well as through third-party delivery services Favor and Foodee. If patrons call their respective locations upon arrival, a member of the Home Slice team will personally deliver the order to cars parked directly outside, officials added.

The entire menu will be available at all locations, officials noted. To further reduce human contact, customers are encouraged to use credit and debit cards as a form of payment. To view the available menus as well as order online, visit homeslice.com.

“Dear Homies,” a letter to customers began. “In light of recent developments, we have decided to offer only take-out service at our locations. We want to do our part to keep both our patrons and staff safe. We feel like going to takeout-only service is the right call for us as a member of the Austin community. We aim to bring the delight of delicious pizza to all who desire it, responsibly.
This is such a difficult time for everyone. To help do our part, effective today all of our staff can work on a volunteer but paid basis. Any employee who wants to work will be found hours, as well as all copay costs for staff that want to see a doctor and get tested will be covered.”

Home Slice officials said they would continue to monior the situation in case further changes to its service delivery are required. “We hope to be your neighborhood pizza joint through and through,” officials concluded, directing customers to www.HomeSlice.com for more information.

The popular eatery is not alone in focusing on takeout options in lieu of having people dine in given the growing threat of new coronavirus — known as COVID-19 that’s caused by a member of the coronavirus family, a close cousin to the SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past.

While COVID-19 has disrupted schedules and modified city functions across Central Texas and beyond, it’s yielded something of a bonanza for food delivery workers as customers cast an increasingly wary eye at potential human interaction in a time of coronavirus. Patch spoke to a bike delivery worker toiling for Uber, who said the company recently offered him an extra $2 for each delivery. “The base pay is $3, so this is a substantial raise,” the food delivery guy told Patch.

Many local restaurants are emphasizng delivery and curbside option in light of the growing threat.

DELIVERY

  • Old Thousand on Sunday started to offer free delivery within a 3-5 mile radius of the restaurant. Takeout and curbside pickup can be ordered online at oldthousandatx.com.
  • Blenders & Bowls made its entire menu available for takeout/curbside pickup, enabling customers to order online at all five locations. The restaurant’s offerings also are available via third party delivery apps. Officials there added that in the event of mandated dine-in closure only, free delivery within a 5-mile radius of each location.
  • MezzeMe is offering free delivery via Favor along with curbside pickup at both locations (Triangle and the Drag). Order online at mezzeme.com or call the restaurant location nearest you.
  • The Cavalier also has waived delivery charges within a 3-mile radius of the restaurant. Online and call in ordering also available at thecavalieratx.com

DELIVERY & WINE TO GO

  • Andiamo: FREE delivery within a 5 mile radius of the restaurant. Entire menu available for takeout/curbside pickup by calling the restaurant at (512) 719-3377. Bottles of wine also available for purchase with to-go order, 5 percent off all bottles and 10 percent off cases.

CURBSIDE PICK UP

  • Patika: Call in ordering available for pickup and curbside at South Lamar location. Pre-made dinners for pickup in the works. Order Superthing Coffee beans with subscription options available or pickup with your order at both Patika locations.
  • Patika Luncheonette: Online ordering for curbside pickup available at patikacoffee.com/order. Order Superthing Coffee beans with subscription options available or pickup with your order at both Patika locations.
  • Austin’s Pizza: $7 large cheese & $8 large pepperoni pick up-only special – guests can request curbside pick up by calling when they arrive. Delivery is available all around town. Other specials include two Austin Originals for $25. Large 2-topping for $12.50 for delivery or pick-up. Order online at austinspizza.com.

ATTENTION RESTARATEURS: Are you shifting focus on delivery or curbside options? Email antonio.cantu@patch.com, and we’ll add you to this list!


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