- Fairbury News staff
Eateries adapt to situation
The governor’s announcement Sunday that all bars and restaurants in the state will be closing to dine-in customers is having an impact on local eateries.
This closure is in effect from the close of business Monday through March 30, although many businesses still plan to have takeout, drive-thru or delivery services as they are allowed to.
“We plan to remain open and continue to serve our customers our full menu,” Seth Campbell of Fairbury Dairy Queen told Fairbury News Sunday evening. “The specifics are being determined and will be communicated Monday on social media.”
Dave’s Supermarket issued a notice to customers that said customer, carryout and curbside pickup will be permitted. The store’s 3rd Street Deli implemented steps to stay compliant which include suspending 50-cent ice cream, complimentary coffee, food sampling and seating in the deli. Take home food will still be offered for consumption.
“Dave’s will continue to follow guidelines from the State of Illinois and the CDC and assess the situation daily. Again, we thank you for your local patronage during these unprecedented times,” the Dave’s Management team said in an online post.
Area establishments took to social media late Sunday to update customers on the situation. Divot’s Bar & Grill is expected to make an announcement Monday evening about plans for the next couple of weeks while Diner 24 noted customer safety is a priority. Diner 24 plans to provide food via pickup and delivery.
Emancipation Brewing Company put up a message Sunday afternoon which said they would be closed as of 5 p.m. that day and the Fairbury Chamber posted a message on Facebook regarding Gig’s Place which they said would offer carry-out and delivery with times yet to be determined. Monical’s Pizza is another planning to offer delivery service, curbside service and pickup at locations with pickup windows.
At Pizzas by Marchelloni, the only change will be no buffet on Fridays until the ban is lifted. Drive-thru pickup and delivery is expected to remain the same. Lost in Time told its customers the business would be open for pickup and delivery from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17-21 and will later post menus and times for the following week.
"Please understand, we are a small family business and this is really hard for us to take," said Lost in Time via Facebook.
On another food related note, it was also revealed that the SELCAS Pancake and Sausage Breakfast scheduled for April 11 has been postponed.
FAIRBURY DAIRY QUEEN UPDATE 6:07 P.M. MONDAY:
As a result of the COVID-19 restrictions in Illinois, we will begin *Drive Thru only* operations at 9pm tonight (Monday). We will remain open at the Drive Thru during our normal hours from 10am - 10pm every day beginning Tuesday, March 17. Our team's focus will be on moving our customers through efficiently and minimizing wait time. Thank you for your understanding as we all move through uncharted territory together.
We are excited to have our new blizzard flavors launching very soon, and will be updating our Facebook page regularly during this time. So stay tuned for some fun new flavors and some returning ones as well!
This information will be updated as we find out more about the situation locally. If your business or organization is impacted, please e-mail us at: email@example.com and we will be sure to include you in future updates.