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Central Ohio Food-Based Businesses Get Creative in Response to Pandemic

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The response to the Coronavirus has forced Central Ohio’s restaurants, breweries, food trucks and other eats-based businesses to get creative.

Ohio’s bars and restaurants closed to dine-in patrons as of 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, leaving locations the option of closing for the duration, or shifting their business models to carryout and delivery. A Stay at Home order followed on Monday, March 23, but left room for continued food operations as an essential service.

Below is a list of businesses offering family-style delivery menus, meal kits and more, adjusting their business models to keep operations open. Situations change day-by-day so it is always advised to check in with businesses directly before ordering. That also means this list is not all-inclusive. Have something to add? Drop a comment below!

Need ALL the options? SupportColumbusEats.com provides a website for restaurants to drop their details and quarantined diners to find what’s open in their neighborhood and across the city – and how to get it to their doorstep (or vehicle).

There’s booze, too. Here are eight local breweries that will deliver beer right to your doorstep. A number of other breweries and growler shops are also offering pick-up, carryout and delivery options, check in with your favorite for details.

The Central Ohio Food Truck Association (COFTA) has launched its Neighborhood Pickup program. Balancing continuing to serve patrons with practicing safe social distancing, food trucks will serve at designated locations around Greater Columbus with ample parking and immediate access to residential neighborhoods. Eaters can place their order in advance and receive a designated pickup time. Find the food trucks at centralohiofoodtrucks.org.

It’s meal kit mania! Don’t want to cook? Restaurants are offering family-style meal options. Ready to fire up the stove? Others are providing all the ingredients to get creative in the kitchen.

The Kitchen is offering a variety of meal kits serving two or four diners. Featuring locally-sourced, fresh ingredients, the meal kits are equipped for a three-course feast. You can add beer or wine while you’re at it.

A number of North Market vendors are offering fresh delivery bundles, bringing cheese, chocolate, pasta, meat and more right to your doorstep.

In addition to its regular menu, Sassafras Bakery in Worthington is offering family meal kits. The kits feed four to six, with a rotating weekly menu – and come with dessert. For some DIY fun, the bakery is offering frozen pie crusts, a few take-and-bake items and a cookie decorating kit.

Our CupCakery is also fueling sweets and DIY needs with cupcake kits that have six cupcakes, three colored buttercream bags and a bag of sprinkles.

Whether you need a solo taco fix or a family taco feast, Condado has options! A $10 Bud Box offers two tacos and chips with a half-sized guacamole or queso. Bud Boxes are currently available for curbside pick-up with delivery rolling out soon. To feed the family, Condado is offering a deal on build-your-own taco boxes. Select 30 individually wrapped tacos with fillings of your choosing OR receive enough ingredients to build 30 of your own tacos at home. BYO warrants free delivery.

FUSIAN is keeping Columbusites fed with more than just sushi and rice bowls. The fast-casual eatery is offering a lineup of produce and pantry staples available for pick-up or delivery alongside your normal order. Bonus! FUSIAN is also delivering bagels from The Lox Bagel Shop! The eatery is rounding out their offerings with family meal kits. There are six varieties, serving four persons each.

Fine dining can now be a stay-at-home experience. The Refectory is offering a limited carry-out menu Tuesday through Saturday. The restaurant will also prepare meals to be given away without cost to those in need.

Mozart’s will dust off its drive-thru window for the first time ever. Hustle! Get your orders in by 5 p.m. today, Friday, March 27 for Mozart’s pop-up bakery and pick up your goods tomorrow, Saturday, March 28.

Perhaps second only to the need for beer delivery is the need for ice cream delivery. Jeni’s to the rescue. Curating collections for social distancing, there’s the Emergency Chocolate Stash Collection, the Ice Cream Float Collection and more. Individual pints (plural for sure) are also an option.

Again, many other Central Ohio restaurants and breweries are offering carryout, delivery and other specials. Check individual locations’ social media channels and websites for more info or drop your details below!

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