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The Halifax County Chamber of Commerce met online Thursday to name the Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year and Young Professional of the Year.

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With ban on crowds, restaurants turn to take-out to stay afloat

SoVaNow.com / March 19, 2020


Gov. Ralph Northam’s recent public-health emergency order barring gatherings of more than 10 or more is having a painful impact on local restaurants.

However, many eateries are keeping their grills burning and encourage diners to order meals-to-go with convenient pick-up options. The Mexico Viejo restaurant in Riverdale, which recently opened and has had an overflowing parking lot, has seen a drop of 30 percent and 60 percent in sales for lunch and dinner.

“Even though we offer take-out orders, sales have been slow,” said manager Javier Tehuactl. “We think that most of our customers prefer not to go out to avoid exposing themselves to the virus, but we will continue working with all the necessary measures to keep the restaurant clean and disinfected.”

From feedback from locals, Barbara Cage, owner of Bistro 1888 said her staff is “worried about how long this will last and what people will do if it does last longer than two weeks. The locals feel that most businesses can’t last through the summer.”

“Carry out orders [are] pretty good; I think they’ll be better in a few days after people have cooked at home for a while,” said Cage.

Bistro 1888 is offering a 15 percent discount on to-go orders through the end of the month, delivered to a diner’s car. A credit card payment is needed at time of order or exact change upon arrival.

Just this past Wednesday, Southern Plenty had numerous orders for carry-out. Delivery is available for pan orders of casseroles and orders for six or more.

Unfortunately, all event lunches this week were postponed.

“I think the older crowd … [is] being wise and staying away. We miss seeing them but wish them well, and if they have a hankering, I’m sure we can get it to them somehow,” said owner Mary Bagwell.

In Halifax, Molasses Grill has suspended dining in the restaurant while offering curb-side pick-up, delivery within a 15-minute radius, and delivery to four locations (Springfield Distillery, Vernon Hill Post Office, Sheetz and Short Stop) where pick-ups can be arranged for those living further than the 15-minute limit. There is no delivery fee, but an automatic 18 percent gratuity will be added for the driver. There is a $35 minimum (before tax and tip) for delivery service.

Badeaux’s Seafood & Grill on Seymour Drive in South Boston is also adjusting to the governor’s order. Jason Badeaux, restaurant owner, informed customers via social media that Badeaux’s will offer limited seated dining, not to exceed the 10-person limit, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Badeaux’s also offers carryout and asks customers to call in their orders at 434-575-5753. All scheduled nightly entertainment has been cancelled.

“We appreciate your support and thank you for being such a wonderful community to do business in,” Badeaux wrote to patrons.

As for last weekend, when it was still OK to have gatherings of up to 100 people, Springfield Distillery “had a great turnout and people didn’t seem to be affected,” said owner Kelly Gordon.

Even with outdoor space to spread out in and embrace social distancing, the distillery will be closed over the next few weekends. However, porch-side pick-up is available for bottle purchases.

“We will offer drive-up sales to the tasting room for those that want to do a quick purchase,” he said.

The governor’s announcement came Tuesday with the support of State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, giving law enforcement the authority to enforce the ban. The penalty for violating the order could include immediate operation permit suspension or a Class 1 or Class 3 misdemeanor.



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