Adjusting to new restaurant rules
More than 38 restaurants in Prineville have adapted to the new "Stay home and stay healthy" protocols recently put in place by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.
In true form, the local restaurants are finding ways to serve their customers and provide their usual savory menus. Crook County businesses have demonstrated their ability to be resilient and resourceful when things get tough. Some restaurants are even offering delivery and curbside delivery.
The Facebook page Prineville Delivery and Takeout has an extensive list of local restaurants who are offering takeout to serve customers. The list includes phone numbers and email contacts and is updated frequently. It includes any restaurants that are closed until further notice, as well as which eateries do delivery and which ones offer takeout.
Whether looking for a sit-down kind of meal or drive-through fast food, you can still enjoy your local favorites. For some food service establishments, it's business as usual. Cally's McBain Fish N Chips, Pizza Hut, Prineville Coffee Co. and Friends Espresso continue to offer their usual takeout only menu. Starbucks is now doing drive-through only, as its main dining area is completely closed.
Crook County Judge Seth Crawford visited several local eateries this week and was pleased to report he wasn't disappointed.
"I went to Powell Butte for lunch today and got chicken at the Powell Butte Country Store and a breakfast burrito from the Rae's Coffee Stand at Powell Butte Station," Crawford said on Facebook. "It is impressive how many people are stepping up for local businesses."
On Saturday he reported, "I had a great take out omelet from the he Horseshoe Tavern. You can observe social distancing and support local businesses. If you are a restaurant trying to serve people or a customer looking for food, Prineville Delivery and Takeout is the best place to connect."
Ron Allen of Ron's Comfort Food Cafe reported that he is staying open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the day to be decided.
He is offering takeout, and like other eateries, customers can't stay and eat inside.
"It is what it is — we have no control over it," Allen said. "I'm not going to get up and kick cans all day. I am going to get up and put a smile on my face and see what I can do and how I can help somebody."
The Dawg House said that it is mostly business as usual. Itsdrive-through is as busy as it often is.
"People are used to just pulling up or coming in and taking an order out. ... come to the window and drive up, and we take it out to them," owner Jim Straughan explained. He added that the restaurant has been in business for 19 1/2 years.
Sit-down establishments such as Dillons and Club Pioneer are offering curbside takeout. Jim Roths, who owns both restaurants, explained that this entails having customers call the restaurant for their order, and his staff take the information to begin their takeout order.
"We ask them, when they arrive to the restaurant, to pull in the front of the restaurant and give us a call and let us know they are here," Roths said. "We will run the food out to their car. They don't even need to get out of their car."
He said the menu for both restaurants is online. They have adjusted for items they can't sell due to product availability and to ensure everything is fresh.
With a stay-at-home protocol in place, takeout is still a viable option to enjoy local restaurants.
For the Prineville takeout and delivery link:
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