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Restaurants switch to take-out and delivery orders during San Luis Obispo County shelter-at-home order

Posted at 8:16 PM, Mar 19, 2020

You can still enjoy your favorite pizza, burger, pasta or sandwich, you just can't eat it inside your favorite restaurant.

Restaurants are prepping for a rush of take out and delivery orders as they are forced to close their seating areas to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Restaurants can still operate under a new countywide shelter at home order because they are deemed essential.

As part owner of Klondike pizza in Arroyo Grande, Pamela Dennis is now relying on curbside pick up and a new delivery partnership with Caferunner.

"You can come in and pick up an order or we will happily bring it out to your car," said Pamela Dennis, co-owner of Klondike Pizza. "You can call ahead and prepay over the phone and we will bring your food to you."

SLO Brew is whipping up family-style meals with the option of adding a case of their craft beer or bottle of still whiskey.

"They are meals for two to four people, four to six people and you call in, we have a set menu of four to five items. It's usually a meat, a salad and a starch," said Hamish Marshall, owner of SLO Brew.

They'll even thrown in a roll of toilet paper when you upgrade your meal.

"We're trying to make light of it and keep things going and help everyone stay fit, healthy and happy through this weird time," said Marshall.

Cubanissimo Food Truck is also bringing food to doorsteps in Santa Maria and Orcutt.

In Atascadero, Wild Fields Brewhouse is offering in person, take out and delivery orders, but the owners didn't expect such a drastic change in their business model.

"We are fairly new, we're only three months in, but this is when you tighten your bootstraps and do what you can to make what you have in house work," said Jacque Fields, co-owner of Wild Fields Brewhouse.

She and her husband are making it work by taking orders, making food and delivering just the two of them.

"It's just a wonderful community and we know we can pull through to the other side. This community does wonders and so we are really excited to support you and have a great community space again," said Fields.

Due to the new order, a lot of these restaurant owners said their business is taking financial hits, like furloughing employees.

If you are unsure what type of service your favorite restaurant is offering, it is best to call ahead.