Dallas restaurant owners are in a fight for their lives as the coronavirus keeps customers at home and away from their tables. East Dallas neighbor and Bowlski’s owner Craig Spivey is working to help local restaurants survive.
Spivey created the website, saveneighborhoodrestaurants.com, which is available now and free for everyone to use. There are no fees for restaurants to participate, and there are no delivery fees for customers. Pickup options are also available.
The website launched with Bowlski’s in the Lakewood Theater, Pete’s Dancing Marlin and Dream Cafe. Restaurant staff will make deliveries and keep all the tips. Orders will be dropped off at neighbors’ doorstep with a text confirmation.
“Uber Eats and DoorDash focus on McDonald’s and corporate restaurants,” Spivey said. “It’s going to be tough on me. We need an upshot from the neighborhood. My staff needs jobs. I wanted to create a destination where neighbors could go and place an order.”
Participating restaurants must follow strict guidelines regarding food prep and packaging. Staff will also have strict guidelines regarding delivery and handling food.
Bowlski’s created a new delivery menu with state fair-style food like fried peanut butter and jelly. The eatery is also offering late-night delivery and pickup hours.
“It’s going to hopefully help us stay in business during these tough times,” Spivey said.
The creation of the website comes after the Dallas mayor announced Monday that dine-in service at restaurants would be prohibited.
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