Restaurant managers were “chomping at the bit” to open so they adapted to the Alert Level 3 restrictions by going online.
Thomas Green Public House and Dining Room and the Gore and Districts RSA offered pick-up and delivery dinner options to provide the community with their services.
Thomas Green manager Roz Taylor was ready to go as soon as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced they could reopen.
A shortened menu was produced and customers ordered through Facebook.
Staff were operating out of the courtyard area, asking people to stay in their cars and only come to the area when they were notified via text that their meals were ready.
“We’ve got very strict health and safety measures going on and we’ve had a lot of elderly people who have told us they feel safe coming to pick up their food up because of the high standard.”
Pick-up options were implemented just before lockdown but were running through the restaurant’s back door.
The change to the front courtyard was more applicable and an area to keep everyone safe, she said.
Gore and Districts RSA provided delivery dinner meals from Thursday to Sunday during Level 3.
Manager Steve Brinsdon said he wanted to open to provide the 2700 members with a dinner alternative.
“It’s been very, very well received,” Mr Brinsdon said.
Most nights between 80 to 100 meals were made and it doubled for Mother’s Day.
They delivered within the Gore boundary and offered an alternative pick-up option.
“We have a lot of elderly members so we’re going to continue to do home deliveries.”
Mr Brinsdon said it was great to see everyone getting behind local businesses.
“There’s been some real local support getting right around and people getting behind local businesses to keep them going because we’re going to have an empty street if we don’t get behind these businesses.
“We’re thankful to our members and look forward to seeing them again soon.”
Ms Taylor said the support the restaurant received was amazing.
“There’s just been so many thank yous and great positive comments which has been the best part,” she said.