COVID-19 Guidelines Updates for Restaurants

COVID-19 Guidelines Updates for Restaurants

Reopen Connecticut Safer, Stronger, Together

Restaurants in Connecticut are subjected to the Phase 2 reopening rules (started on June 17th). Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has released an update on 9/23 (downloadable HERE). This applies for outdoor & indoor restaurants (no bar areas).

General Considerations from the CDC

CDC offers the following considerations for ways in which operators can protect employees, customers, and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19.

NOTE: CDC’s considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which businesses must comply.

Guiding Principles to Keep in Mind

The more an individual interacts with others, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. The risk of COVID-19 spread increases in a restaurant or bar setting as follows:

  • Lowest Risk: Food service limited to drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curb-side pick up.
  • More Risk: Drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curb-side pick up emphasized. On-site dining limited to outdoor seating. Seating capacity reduced to allow tables to be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • Even More Risk: On-site dining with both indoor and outdoor seating. Seating capacity reduced to allow tables to be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • Highest Risk: On-site dining with both indoor and outdoor seating. Seating capacity not reduced and tables not spaced at least 6 feet apart.

Learn More about CDC’s Considerations HERE
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Sources for this artice:
Sector Rules and Certification for Reopen – CT.gov
Considerations for Restaurants and Bars – CDC.gov

Capri’s Cuisine Open Under Safe Conditions

Capri’s Cuisine Open Under Safe Conditions

From the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Capri’s Cuisine has followed the best practices for food pickup/delivery services, and was an early adopter of the takeout only model, enabling them to continue providing the Norwalk community with nonessential (but highly desirable) pastries and coffee.

We will continue to serve in a clean, safe, and sanitary manner as always, to ensure the healthy and safety of our customers and staff.

—Sandra Salazar, Owner

Capri’s boasts 56 flavors of empanadas! These are listed on a photo of the menu in the gallery below. In addition, they have a variety of sweet biscuits, including a weekly Saturday “special” biscuit. These have been especially popular, selling out two weeks in a row!

To guarantee your order, place it in advance. There are many ways you can place an order, including:

  • In Store (limited capacity)
  • Call for pick up
  • Call for curbside pickup
  • Uber for delivery
  • Grubhub for pickup or delivery

Get their contact info at the GNHCC Business Directory HERE.

If you don’t have an appetite for pastries right now, you may also support Capri’s by purchasing a locally made face mask ($5) or a gift card (any amount).

Romanacci Provides Free Meals to Essential Workers

Romanacci Provides Free Meals to Essential Workers

Romanacci Pizza Bar is collecting $5 donations for each person on the “Front Lines” that you would like to send a pizza and bottled water to. Either add it onto your online order at checkout or call in (to any of their locations) and order/donate via credit card over the phone. Once they receive $25+, they contact Food For the Front Lines, which coordinates a delivery to an essential workplace,  such as a hospital, police station or fire departments. Some recipients of Romanacci pizza thus far include Westport EMS, Westport Police Department, and Norwalk Hospital.

“We pay to have meals delivered to the first responders and the hospital workers, so the chefs are getting dollars for every delivery. We’re not asking [restaurants] for discounts or donations. We want to pay these chefs and restaurant owners, so they can support themselves and their staff.”

– Stephanie Webster, CT Bites

Food for the Front Lines was founded by Nicole Straight, former Food Rescue US – Fairfield County Site Director, and mother of Westport EMT Emma Straight. Their mission is to feed health care and other essential workers, while simultaneously bolstering business for restaurants. In the first week, they raised $15K and delivered over 750 meals. Then, in partnership with CT Bites, a Go Fund Me was created. As of April 4, the campaign contained over $45K, from over 450 donors. If you would like to make a donation, click the button below.

Taste of Westport Sponsorship Opportunities

Taste of Westport Sponsorship Opportunities

Taste of Westport has sponsorship opportunities for businesses looking to connect with their influential audience of restauranteurs, foodies, philanthropists, and public figures.

Sponsorship

Sponsorship is a donation to an event of money, goods or services, in exchange for promotion. The bigger the donation, the bigger the promotion! Sponsorships levels start at $1,000, with the starting benefits of:
  • 1 full page color ad in the event program
  • 1 logo in CLASP newsletter and website
  • 1 complimentary event admission

To review all sponsorship levels CLICK HERE.

All sponsors get to have their name linked to CLASP Homes, a well respected nonprofit that has served the community for 40 years. Donations have a measurable impact, in terms of how much the event raises for CLASP. This volunteer-run event would not be possible without the generosity of its sponsors!

Advertising

Another way to be promoted at Taste of Westport is to place an ad in the event program. Reach up to 300 attendees and do good! 100% of ad proceeds will benefit CLASP Homes. Available Sizes are:

  • FULL PAGE (5”x 8”) BW: $500 Color: $600
  • HALF PAGE (5”x 3 7/8”) BW: $250 Color: $300
  • THIRD PAGE – can use your business card. BW: $75 Color: $100
 

Interested? Download and email THIS FORM to:

Mariella Castagnet
203-919-1154
castagnet.mariella@gmail.com

The deadline to submit the donor form and payment is April 3, 2020.

Breakfast Before Business at Avenida Venezuelan

Breakfast Before Business at Avenida Venezuelan

July’s Breakfast Before Business was the most delicious to date! Our host was Avenida Venezuelan Food, a fast casual restaurant serving traditional Venezuelan food for breakfast and lunch. It also happened to fall on the day, one year ago, when the restaurant first opened its doors. We were honored to be included in the celebration.

About Breakfast Before Business

Breakfast Before Business is all about breaking out of your regular routine. Rather than starting your day alone at a computer, you could start it mixing and mingling with GNHCC members and friends. We guarantee that you’ll leave with a boost of inspiration and energy to put toward achieving your dreams!

This is not a members-only event and there is not cost to attend. We welcome all business owners and professionals serving the Greater Norwalk area.

Breakfast Before Business will return in the fall. Stay tuned for upcoming dates!

 

La Calle Arepas Bar Turns 1

La Calle Arepas Bar Turns 1

Happy Birthday, La Calle Arepas Bar! Thank you for throwing a delicious, lively, and inspiring celebration!

One year ago, Javier Eastman acted on his dream, opening a cool and casual restaurant that serves the everyday food of his hometown, El Vigia, Venezuela. He wears his love for Venezuela on his sleeve, and translates it to the plate. La Calle uses only the most authentic ingredients: masarepa flour, plantains, and Venezuelan sodas, to name a few; and all dessert recipes come from Javier’s mother. The restaurant values family and treats customers like family.

We are so proud to have Javier as a GNHCC member, representing La Calle and his two other businesses, Avenida Venezuelan Food and Causality Tattoo Company.

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