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Curbside delivery in style at Eastside Eat + Drink in Minneapolis,

The Lynhall in Lyn-Lake neighborhood of Minneapolis, has gone to curbside delivery with an extra twist. They’re giving away logo’d bandanas for orders of $25 or more. “We are ordering more because we ran out,” owner Anne Spaeth said of the bandanas. “We are hanging in there. Down to a skeleton crew trying to manage through this. Sure grateful to the community for supporting us.”

Grand Café’s procedure is to allow two staff in the space at a time. The restaurant and kitchen are sanitized morning and night every day.  And staff logs body temperature and health reports twice daily, and anyone who is working must have a clean temperature and health log for five days and ongoing. They are featuring a different item every day for curbside pickup.

On Tuesday, March 24, Midtown Global Market will participate in a national campaign to save restaurants around the country in a social media effort called “The Great American Takeout.” The Market's management is encouraging the public to participate by choosing Midtown Global Market businesses for their takeout choice. Grocery stores and vendors offering curbside pick-up and delivery at Midtown include: Manny’s Tortas—Curbside pick-up and delivery; Jakeeno’s Trattoria—Curbside; La Loma Tamales—pick-up; and Eastlake Craft Brewery—Delivery.  The Produce EXchange is also offering delivery, and both the Exchange and Grass Roots Gourmet are open for business.
The rules for participating in The Great American Takeout:

1. Post on social media in advance, encouraging friends and followers to take part with the hashtag  #TheGreatAmericanTakeout and tagging Midtown Global Market and the business. 

2. Engage friends, family and colleagues to support our businesses by ordering takeout meals from them.

3. Order delivery or pick-up for at least one meal on Tuesday, March 24, and share photos on social media; tag Midtown Global Market, the business, and use the hashtag #TheGreatAmericanTakeout 

Khao Hom Thai on Central Avenue NE  in Minneapolis had two sets of pens on the counter for signing credit card slips. Customers take the pen from the clean holder, sign and deposit it in the used one to be cleaned and recycled.

Sign in the Buffalo location of The Abundant Kitchen, which sells specialty groceries and kitchen gadgets: “We’re open and awesome.”

New sellers of nonessential products won't be selling on Amazon until after April 5. The online giant isn’t accepting new shipments until after that date so it can free up space in its warehouses for essential items like food, medicine and cleaning supplies.

Starbucks employees who report to work during the coronavirus outbreak will receive additional pay of $3 per hour through April 19, the company said. Starbucks has already committed to paying catastrophe pay to all staffers over the next 30 days, according to Restaurant Business.

Reminder from a NYC law firm: Consultants and others who normally work from an office and are now home should remind clients to contact them via email since no one may be in the office to handle incoming calls and regular mail deliveries or package drop offs.

Walmart is hiring and announced it is offering a temporary $2 an hour increase in hourly wages at its e-commerce fulfillment centers, countrywide.

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