While supplies of paper products and other items on store shelves are slowly being replenished following weeks of heavy coronavirus-inspired buying, shortages remain and other local businesses are stepping in to help.
A number of restaurants in Cherokee County are selling grocery items in response to shortages at convenience stores and supermarkets in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canton’s Riverstone Corner Bistro, located at 135 Reinhardt College Parkway, is one of a handful of restaurants offering a list of grocery items for purchase. The bistro is offering a list of items that includes meats (beef, steak, pork chop, chicken, sausage), deli meats (turkey, bacon, beef, ham), poultry, seafood (tuna, shrimp, scallops, salmon), salads, dairy products (milk, cheese) and produce (potatoes, cucumbers, Iceberg and romaine lettuce).
“When we started to hear from people how bad it was getting over the last eight to 10 days we decided that our supply chain would do whatever we could to help,” said one of the four owners of the Riverstone Corner Bistro Mike Farrar. “We decided to put a small list together to give people the opportunity to stay safe by utilizing our drive through window, phone service and website when grocery shopping. It’s not a full grocery store situation, just the essentials.”
Farrar added that, while the restaurant is doing what it can to help out the community, the community is also helping the bistro out.
“If you’re in need of a gallon of milk and we can supply it for you, we will do whatever we can to make it happen,” Farrar said. “We just want to do our part to help everyone get through this.”
To look at the list of grocery items that are available at the Riverstone Corner Bistro, visit their website at rcbcanton.com. Orders can be placed via email through the restaurant website. There is also an option to call in an order of grocery items. The number for the restaurant is 770-704-7325.
Riverstone Corner Bistro will still be delivering to-go options from the menu as well.
Another restaurant in Canton offering grocery items is The Butcher and Bottle, located at 3568 Sixes Road. This restaurant has a special groceries order guide that customers will fill out. The menu displays several grocery items such as various types of meat, chicken, shrimp, bread and miscellaneous items such as cheese, cream, butter and toilet paper rolls.
“We have a nice variety of items available,” said General Manager of The Butcher and Bottle, Dave Hobbs. “The guide changes depending on availability of the products, but if somebody orders something that we don’t have at the moment we will let them know when that item will be available again. We want to try and be as flexible as possible.”
This guide is available on their Facebook page at facebook.com/thebutcherandthebottle. The Butcher and Bottle can be reached at 770-213-4106 and hours of operation are available on their Facebook page.
Prime 120 is another restaurant, located at 120 Chambers St. in Woodstock, that is offering a list of grocery items for purchase.
“We’ve basically turned the steakhouse into a butcher shop and wine market because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said one of the owners of Prime 120 Jason Sheetz. “When customers look at the menu or the online shop that we are currently working on, they will be able to buy items that would be found in a butcher shop.”
Their grocery menu, which can be found on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Prime120steaks/, includes applewood smoked bacon, various types of steak, chicken breasts, potato buns and steak-burgers. Orders can be made through the phone at 770-800-8049 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This is a bit of a learning curve on how to operate,” Sheetz said. “Just because we are doing one thing today, doesn’t mean we are going to continue doing the same thing. Currently we have had success with our limited prepared food menu. We’ve done a number of different sandwiches like a meatball sandwich and grouper sandwich. We just want to test the market to see what people want from us.”
Prime 120 is also selling toilet paper, rubber gloves and hand towels. Sheetz said that, while they are not a grocery store, they do give the option to allow people to shop for more than just food items.
Their menu is updated daily on their Facebook page and Instagram. The restaurant’s hours of operation are also available on its Facebook page.
Bub-Ba-Q, located at 10020 SR-92 North in Woodstock, is offering grocery items to the community via their menu on their facebook page, facebook.com/Bub-Ba-Q-135753403107541.
The menu consists of a variety of both cooked and raw meats such as pork, chicken, ham, ribs and beef. The restaurant also has a $2 sandwich special from noon to 2 p.m. during the week. Bub-Ba-Q also sells toilet paper as part of their grocery menu.
“We want to offer basic household items that aren’t too pricy,” said Bub-Ba-Q owner William Latimer. “We just wanted to give the community another shopping option.”
Grocery items can be ordered via phone at 678-402-1662. Bub-Ba-Q is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6:30 p.m.