As the COVID-19 outbreak in Oregon continues to impact the local restaurant market, stories are popping up across the city, from food cart owners giving away free meals to chefs starting Instagram cooking classes. In this new version of AM Intel, we dive into different ways the state’s food service industry has been responding to the global pandemic. For more COVID-19 stories, check out our larger story stream.
SENIOR SERVICE — Terren Gurule and Miguel O’Loughlin, two Roosevelt High School students, have created a grocery delivery service for seniors so they don’t have to brave grocery store aisles. Seniors interested can call (503) 360-0058 to place an order. [The Oregonian]
RESISTANCE — When bars and restaurants across the country were mandated to stop onsite consumption, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission says Cave Junction’s Sportsman Tavern allegedly decided to keep on serving anyway. Now, the bar has lost its liquor license, but owner Kim Sanders denies the bar has been open. [O]
DINER AID — The Diner Vancouver, Meals on Wheels People’s restaurant across the Columbia, is open for takeout, with its proceeds going to the organization. Meals on Wheels People has seen a 450 percent spike in requests since early March; in response, The Diner has focused less on its status as an official Meals on Wheels location and more as a way to fund the influx of food insecure seniors. Meanwhile, in Portland, TriMet costumer service workers are delivering meals for the organization. [EaterWire]