ST. GEORGE — As the state of Utah has announced that there will be no more dining in at restaurants across the state, local businesses have had to adapt to the new rules in new and unique ways.
The health department’s guidelines are ever-changing, which adds stress for business owners and their employees. But the one constant has been the community’s support of local restaurants and businesses.
Some customers are leaving bigger tips to put more money toward workers who are possibly risking their health to continue operations, while others are buying gift cards and certificates to put money directly into the businesses.
This has been the case at Vuduu Pizza where people are buying certificates right now to use later.
Vuduu Pizza is currently offering contactless delivery right to customers, or people can pick up orders directly from the restaurant. They are doing curbside pickup, or customers can go into the restaurant to pick up orders directly.
River Rock Roasting Company in La Verkin has seen similar community support.
River Rock previously offered dine-in and takeout options, but now that they can only do takeout, they have completely changed how they operate. They are now doing pickup out of the windows that face their paved parking lot.
You can call in your orders for the time being, but they are also looking into the possibility of offering delivery as well as implementing an app for ordering in the near future.
Another part of the business that has helped during this stressful time has been the ability for customers to buy their coffee beans online and have them shipped directly to their front door. They also have a second drive-through location at the intersection of state Route 9 and state Route 17, which is fully functioning.
Other restaurants such as Viva Chicken and Red Fort in St. George are also offering similar pickup options that include ordering over the phone or online with curbside pickup available.
At Wood Ash Rye, they are offering a similar service. Customers can order food and have it delivered to their car at the entrance to the Advenire hotel.
Wood Ash Rye is also encouraging the community to support local restaurants and businesses on their Instagram page. They spotlight different businesses on their story daily and pool cash tips to buy lunch and dinner for workers from a different local business.
They are also handing out 10% off coupons with every to-go order that can be used on another meal purchase or a reservation at the Advenire hotel. The coupon will be valid for one year.
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