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Town of Elizabethtown Assisting Local Dine-In Restaurants Meet Requirements

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The Town of Elizabethtown is helping its local dine-in restaurants meet requirements of the Governor’s Executive Order, restricting dine-in and outdoor seating by helping those restaurants establish curbside pick-up.

Beginning Monday, several restaurants were provided pop-up blue tents and signage to be placed outside their doors in an accessible parking area. The idea is that patrons can call in and pick up an order without entering the place and having limited contact with other people.

According to Town Manager Eddie Madden, restaurants were offered the opportunity based on their ability to serve from a place that people could drive up and purchase their orders. “Several of our fast-food places already have drive-thru windows, and they appear to be doing well,” Madden said. “We wanted to help those restaurants that depend on foot traffic in the downtown area who have adequate space for curbside pick-up to occur.”

On March 20th, Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 118 was further clarified to prohibit dining both inside and in outdoor eating areas because of COVID-19. Carry-out, pick-up, and delivery were still available options for restaurants.

Elizabethtown restaurants taking advantage of the offer are San Jose Mexican Restaurant, El Patron, Christopher’s Steakhouse and Seafood, Burney’s Sweets & More, Glenda’s and Melvin’s (curbside pick-up is in the parking lot behind the Broad Street business). Giorgio’s already has a drive-thru window. Barefoot’s Sandwich Shoppe has a walk-up window under the pavilion of the Farmer’s Market.

The Town, in cooperation with the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, has compiled a list of restaurants who are offering carry-out or curbside pick-up. The listing is posted on the Chamber’s website and is being shared through social media.