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.
BEEFED UP TRAFFIC — Ringside Steakhouse offered up boxes of frozen steaks at a massive curbside sale on Saturday, but the demand may have been higher than anticipated: The traffic lineup for the sale caused a mile-long traffic jam on West Burnside, employees had planned to sell their selection over two six-hour periods this weekend; instead, the restaurant sold out in under three hours on Saturday. [Oregonian]
CINNAMON AID — A Northeast Portland woman has started raising money for the Oregon Food Bank in an interesting way: For every $500 she raises, she makes a giant cinnamon roll she donates to healthcare workers and first responders. [Portland Monthly]
PIZZA PUB — Mississippi Pizza Pub is providing around 100 pizzas for homeless Portland residents once each week, selling the pizzas for half the price. The restaurant has partnered with Maddie’s Cart, an organization tied to St. Mary Magdalene Parish: Maddie’s Cart buys the pizzas for half the price from Mississippi Pizza Pub, before the pies are distributed directly to people on the street. [KOIN]
EVEN MORE HAND SANITIZER — Straightaway Cocktails, in collaboration with Brew Dr. Kombucha, has donated 3,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to meal pantries, hospitals, and other locations heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The sanitizer is also available for sale at local New Seasons locations. [EaterWire]