Welcome back to Eater News, a semi-regular round-up of mini news bites. Have info to share? Email intel to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tin Table Tries Takeout Service with Food-Filled Basket Drop
When it comes to takeout services during the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants around the city have adjusted to new social distancing regulations by setting up markers outside a storefront or establishing to-go windows. Now, upscale Capitol Hill pub the Tin Table — located on the second floor of Oddfellows Hall — is using a rope-and-basket system to help with contact-less pickup orders, not unlike what a bar in D.C. implemented last month. The longtime nightlife spot recently reopened this past weekend with burgers, build-your-own bruschetta, and cocktails on the new menu. But the basket is for food orders only — alcohol is walked down by the staff.
PCC Community Markets in Central District Announces Opening Plans
The new PCC Community Markets location in Central District will open June 17, according to an official announcement by the co-op. As one might expect, given the protocols for other markets, preparations for the 18,000 square-foot store emphasize safety measures that the grocer says it’s taking, including signage for social distancing, plexiglass at check stands, air filter upgrades, and masks for staff (it encourages shoppers to wear face coverings as well, but does not require it). PCC is also partnering with Byrd Barr Place, a neighborhood nonprofit and food bank, to help those experiencing food insecurity have greater access to products from local farms.
Hello Robin Eyes Opening New U Village Location in July
Capitol Hill’s popular cookie bakery Hello Robin hopes to open up its long-in-the-works second location at University Village in July, per Seattle Met. The location will be near the Anthropologie store, and will have much of the same goods as the original shop, including brown butter snickerdoodles and Molly Moon’s ice cream sandwiches. It will also have a bit more space and outdoor seating, which the bakery hopes will encourage social distancing. The Capitol Hill outpost has been closed temporarily since March, but aims to ramp things back up in June.