Grassroots Curbside Alexandria Restaurant Guide Circulating

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Gloved restaurant owner Bill Blackburn passes an order to a customer from their new curbside tent outside their Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant on Mount Vernon Avenue. (Courtesy photo)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Yesterday a grassroots curbside Alexandria restaurant guide surfaced in listservs, social media, email inboxes and messenger windows. It is an Excel spreadsheet “open” Google doc that invites businesses to tweak their information at will.

“Any time a restaurant or a small business closes, so many customers come forward to say how much they wish they could have helped,” said Del Ray Business Association President Sue Kovalsky earlier in the day about the Del Ray businesses complying with the updated CDC regulations.  “These are unprecedented times, and our business owners are leading the way in responding to this rapidly changing situation, always prioritizing the health and safety of their customers.  We need to rally around our local businesses so they stay in business.”

“The list is unofficial, and constantly evolving, but it is spreading like wildfire,” says Debby Critchley, Zebra‘s Food Editor. “Alexandria is a foodie town, and come hell or high water, or COVID-19, we want to eat good food from these restaurants. I just hope this system is also the answer to save a lot of these vital businesses.”

To see the active, yet unofficial Curbside Alexandria Restaurant Guide, click here: Alexandria Guide to Restaurants During Covid-19 Social Distancing – Sheet1

Other Ways to Help Area Businesses

  • Business owners are in constant contact with health department officials and have updated their procedures prioritize the health and safety of the community.  Support the businesses — while keeping the commitment to social distancing — through carry-out, delivery, and online orders
  • Purchase gift cards to help businesses maintain cash flow during this challenging period
  • If you’re financially able, continue to pay service providers like pet care, home cleaning services, and fitness memberships despite cancellations
  • If non-profit’s fundraiser is cancelled, consider making a donation to help them offset this missed revenue; if you planned to attend, consider donating the cost of a ticket rather than requesting a refund

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