With restaurant closures in Dallas County extended to May 15, local establishments are continuing to get creative when offering their services.


Pour Choices Neighborhood Bar in Grimes, for example, was initially closed due to the impact of the virus. However, the restaurant has since begun offering its full menu and drinks as a curbside to-go option. The sports bar has also just recently hosted a lemonade stand at its venue on Saturday, May 2 and posted on Facebook its plans for a second stand on Saturday, May 9.


“Local businesses are the heart of this country. Right now it is very difficult to continue to serve the community but we, as well as a lot of other small businesses, are doing all they can to help,” Pour Choices Neighborhood Bar Owner Richard Andraschko said.


Pete Faber of Barn Town Brewing also said that in his eyes, local businesses are always the most important. He hopes that people who were not as apt to spend money locally are now more willing to go local. Throughout this time, Barn Town Brewing continues to offer pick-up and curbside options for the majority of their menu until they are able to get back to 100 percent capacity.


“The community has rallied around us and we are so thankful to be in this community. We are looking forward to celebrating with our community when things get back to normal. We have some surprises planned for everyone when that happens,” Faber said.


Prior to March 17, the Twisted Corn Tavern in Dallas Center was another restaurant that primarily offered dine-in services to its customers. However, because of social distancing mandates put in place, the restaurant now offers pick-up, curbside and delivery options to local residents. In addition, the restaurant offers Grab and Go lunches available Monday through Friday and is considering the possibility of offering family-style meal options in the future.


“The community support is the only way we are surviving. If we didn’t have the #BuyLocalChallenge happening in Dallas Center, I feel like we would be suffering even more,” Twisted Corn Tavern owner Randi Boelkes said. “When you dine-out with us, post pictures on social media. You could be the reason someone else thinks of us and chooses to order from Twisted Corn Tavern for their next meal.”


Boelkes encourages customers to keep dining out to help support local restaurants throughout the time of social distancing. She also encourages community members to reach out to their local establishments and see how business owners are currently doing.


“While many businesses are closed or unable to operate due to the pandemic, we can still offer a reprieve from what has become stressful or overwhelming,” Boelkes said. “Local businesses want to see thriving communities. If staying open and providing our services is a way to put a smile on someone’s face, then the stress of the current situation is worth it.”