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At Least Oregonians Are Keeping Liquor Stores Alive and Well

Meanwhile, people have been baiting Instacart shoppers with the promise of a big tip, just to take it back when the groceries arrive

Bottles of Bailey’s and Jagermeister sit on brown shelves
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Brooke Jackson-Glidden is the editor of Eater Portland.

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.

BOOZE NEWS — One business that’s doing just fine during the pandemic: Liquor stores. The OLCC says Oregon liquor store sales set a new record for March sales, selling $66 million in spirits. That’s a 20 percent jump compared to March 2019. [Oregonian]

BAIT AND SHOP — According to an Instacart shopper, customers are now participating in something called “tip baiting”: People will lure shoppers into taking their orders with the promise of a large tip, and then rescind the tip once the order arrives. Come on, y’all; they’re risking their health to buy your frozen pizzas and toilet paper. Don’t be a jerk. [FOX12]

LUNCHTIME — Lauded Portland chef Vitaly Paley and his team at Rosa Rosa will be serving 100 meals each day for the next 60 days to medical workers. Chef Paley and chef de cuisine Matthew Hobbes are planning daily menus, with Paley and a team of volunteers from Rosa Rosa and Provenance delivering them each day to workers at St. Vincent Hospital and Providence Portland Medical Center. [EaterWire]