These Restaurants Are Selling Groceries
Throw in some milk, meat, cheese, produce and cleaning supplies with your takeout order.
As the coronavirus lockdown continues, area food suppliers are getting creative about how and where they deliver their wares. Wholesalers like ProFish and Keany Produce have opened their doors to consumers eager to get their hands on pasta, seafood and locally grown vegetables. Small farmers have expanded their CSA pick-up points, and farmers markets have set up pre-ordering systems to streamline pick-ups while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Bakeries such as Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe, Bread and Water Co. and Spring Mill Bread have begun selling flour, yeast and sourdough starters, to the delight of home bakers who have found their grocery store baking aisles cleaned out. And many restaurants, seeking new ways to feed their customers while keeping their supply chains intact, are now offering grocery provisions alongside the prepared dishes on their takeout menus.
The artisanal cheese emporium and wine bar has been offering groceries and cleaning supplies—such as sanitizer tablets and bleach—since the governor’s order forced all restaurants into carryout and delivery mode. Cheestique is also offering produce and fresh dairy alongside retail wine and cheese orders, as well as a weekly cheese board that comes with an instructional video. //4024 Campbell Ave., Arlington (Shirlington) or 2411 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria (Del Ray)
The health-conscious diner chainlet is working with local farms to get vegetables, fruit and dairy to D.C.-area consumers. Chef Ype’s Farmers Boxes—including a produce & dairy box for $35 or a butcher’s box for $50—can be ordered online for pickup on designated days. Sales have been brisk, and pre-orders are required. //3200 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Clarendon); 8150 Porter Road, Falls Church (Merrifeld); 8101 Fletcher St., McLean (Tysons)
Caboose Brewing is offering delivery of grocery items in addition to meal kits, fresh beer, cocktails and mixers from its Vienna location. The Mosaic District location has cheese, eggs, coffee beans, baking supplies, pasta and other staples (plus masks and gloves) for pick up. //2918 Eskridge Road, Fairfax (Mosaic District); 520 Mill Street Northeast, Vienna