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Restaurants may be closed for indoor dining, but there are quite a few open for takeout in Woodstock

ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - On Saturday, April 11th, at 5:15 p.m. in the midst of the state ban on dining-in, Sharon Norwood (left) was on her way out of Woodstock Wine and Deli with her take-out dinner as Matt (at right) was waiting his turn to go in and pick up his. On April 7th, Oregon Governor Kate Brown (herself a Woodstock resident) announced that the March ban on in-person dining at restaurants and bars in Oregon, to avoid spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus, had been extended indefinitely until further notice.

"I wish I could say there was a 'date certain' when that [lifting the ban] could happen. But it would be irresponsible to lift these restrictions in the middle of this outbreak," remarked Brown on April 7th. In the meantime, many restaurants in the city are offering take-out and delivery.

In Woodstock, as in Sellwood-Westmoreland and other neighborhoods, a number of restaurants offering take-out are advertising the fact with signs in their windows.

So in late March, Anne-Marie Anderson, a Woodstock resident and the Communications Chairperson for the Woodstock Neighborhood Association, took a drive along the boulevard between S.E. 41st and 57nd Avenues with her husband to do a "windshield survey".

Anderson then posted a list of the "open for take-out" restaurants, with their phone numbers, on the Woodstock Neighborhood Association website – www.woodstockpdx.org Customers can see details for each of those restaurants online, but not everyone has Internet, and some who do may not hunt for restaurants on it, so a few of those still open are listed below.

Super Torta, at 5640 S.E. Woodstock, is open for take-out, and offers traditional Mexican food – including a breakfast burrito that Jassiel Cruz – an employee and the nephew of the owner – says is especially popular. As are the others mentioned, they are following guidelines from local health officials and CDC. Order take-out between 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., at 503/788-3650 – or www.supertortapdx.com

Woodstock Wine & Deli at 4030 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for take-out sandwiches. The especially big attraction has been barbeque, for which it is well-known. Traditionally its barbeque has been accessed from the parking lot, where it is grilled, but now people can pre-order over the phone and pick up pork ribs, smoked turkey breast, scalloped potatoes, and/or beans and coleslaw inside the deli between 5 and 6 p.m. for their dinner. Owner Gregg Fujino says the chairs have been stacked and set aside, so the spacious dining room can allow people "social distancing" while waiting in line. Customers are also pre-ordering wine and coming in for pickup, because the deli is less crowded than grocery stores. Some people prefer to stay in their cars, paying with a credit card, and it is brought to them. Call ahead to pre-order: 503/777-2208.

Otto's Sausage Kitchen, at 4138 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, is continuing to sell all of its usual meats, sandwiches, beers and wines, as well as grilled sausages, from the sidewalk grill – by credit card only. Call in your order to 503/771-6714, and pick up inside the store (only 2 or 3 people are allowed in at a time), or curbside, delivered by an employee. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 to 5; Sunday 11 to 5. Their website has more information: www.ottossausage.com

One restaurant that is ALWAYS open for take-out, of course, is Papa Murphy's Pizza on S.E. 44th off Woodstock Boulevard, in the Woodstock Shopping Center around the corner from Papaccino's Coffee. Lori Donovan, longtime Manager, says people are happy to enter the store, only three at a time and "distancing", to watch their take-and-bake pizza prepared. She says they are sanitizing at least every hour, but more often when the shop starts to get really busy. They gently advise people who are not maintaining their distancing, either inside or outside. If customers prefer curbside or parking lot pickup, that's only available for online orders.

Tom Yum Thai Cuisine at 4309 S.E. Woodstock, #140, offers noodles, curries, won tons, pad Thai, soup, and other Thai dishes for take-out on weekdays 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and on weekends noon to 9:30 p.m. Customers can pay over the phone with a credit card or pay with cash when they come in to quickly pick up their food. All coronavirus sanitation is practiced.

Laughing Planet, 4110 S.E. Woodstock, is offering take-out 11:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. – call 503/788-2921 – or order online.

In addition to take-out, some Woodstock restaurants also offer delivery. Bai Mint Thai at 4408 S.E. Woodstock, 503/719-5070, takes orders over the phone, and delivers free within three miles, with a minimum order of $20 – Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, noon to 9:30 p.m.

Mehri's Café and Bakery, 6923 S.E. 52nd Avenue at Bybee, also delivers by Grubhub or Postmates. She is offering full breakfasts, lunch, and dinner, boxed up to go for take-out or delivery – Monday through Saturday 8 to 5, and Sunday 8 to 3. Mehri says they are still selling lots of pastries and special-order birthday cakes and cupcakes, too. To order or ask questions call 503/788-9600.

And that's just a sampling. Cruise the neighborhoods of Inner Southeast, and look for signs in the windows of those restaurants still open for take-out, in this unprecedented time of "social distancing".


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