Many South Plainfield restaurants, delis and bakeries are adapting to this time of uncertainty and remain open to serve customers. With curbside pickup, carry out or delivery available, and take out groceries and liquor for sale at some establishments, they are doing what they can to serve the community and stay in business.
"We are very blessed to have so many businesses who consider themselves extensions and active participants in our community," said Councilman Derryck White. "When something is needed, they respond. They recognize and live up to their social responsibility of being good partners with their adopted hometown."
White chairs South Plainfield's Economic Development Committee and is part of the Administration and Finance Committee.
"These businesses recognize and live up to their social responsibility of being good partners with their adopted hometown," White said. "Now it is time for us to reciprocate. Many of us have had our children or families impacted by their sponsorships, generosity and support. Now, in their time of need and struggle to maintain make ends meet and survive this unforeseen challenge, let’s show them the support they deserve."
The economic devastation that has and will ensue as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and closure of all non-essential business is vast and White asks that we support local business.
"Even though many of us have stocked of on groceries as a community let’s resolve ourselves a few times a week to enjoy food from one of our hometown eating establishments," said White.
In efforts to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19, effective Saturday, March 21 at 9:00 p.m., Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 107, which directed all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order offered exceptions for getting essential goods or services, going to the doctor or pharmacy, visiting family or close friends and romantic partners, partaking in outdoor activities, and going to work. Restaurants were deemed essential, although patrons are no longer allowed to dine-in.
Restaurant owners say business is slow and several added they are not sure how long they will be able to keep their doors open during this crisis, but several residents are taking the opportunity to order from their favorite eateries to support them. In the uncertainty, they say it's nice to have the comfort of a favorite meal from a familiar restaurant.
"We got pizza from a local restaurant the other night," Kathy Lamastro said. "We picked it up. They had us call when we were in the parking lot, so they could bring it out. They were so professional. The mushrooms were fresh and it was delicious!"
"We're trying to support local business," Janice Strassburger. "We've been ordering from restaurants in town. Sometimes the waits are longer, but it's always well worth it. The food is great!"
"I am not going to give it some catchy name and create memorable acronym because I believe we all have our own memorable moments of them helping us," White said. "At the end of the day, ordering food is something we can all participate in on some level and enjoy at the same time. Remember to be patient and comply with all of COVID-19 prevention guidelines."
For our readers' convenience, TAPinto South Plainfield has compiled a detailed list of the latest listing of South Plainfield restaurants, delis and bakeries that remain open with their address, phone number and hours of operation.
As the global situation continues to evolve, this list subject to change. If any restaurants were missed or if hours change, please contact Patricia Trenchak Feeney at email@example.com, so we can update our data and keep the public informed.