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Downtown Elizabethton restaurants working to keep customers coming

John Thompson • Mar 24, 2020 at 8:54 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Restaurants and other businesses in downtown Elizabethton are continuing efforts to keep customers during the time when the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is discouraging social interaction and networking.

One way restaurants can keep the doors open and still maintain social distance is by promoting drive-thru curb service. Courtney Washburn, program director for Elizabethton’s Main Street program, has been busy this week organizing drive-thru lanes along the curbs in front of several restaurants. This includes using traffic cones to create a drive-thru lane when the restaurant is open.

Washburn said three lanes have been established and several others are being planned. These include the Coffee Company and Simply Elegant, both on East Elk Avenue, and City Market on East E Street. Simply Elegant has made its mark downtown as a fancy bakery, but the business was long established as a catering service and now serves boxed meals three nights a week. See its Facebook page for details and how to order.

Other lanes which could be in place soon might be in front of Big Dan’s BBQ, Jiggy Ray’s, Sweetsie Treat, and Dino’s. Washburn said J’s Corner decided not to use the lane because it has adequate parking.

Washburn said a few businesses have chosen to take a break, including Southern Restaurant.

In addition to drive-thru lanes, several restaurants are considering delivery service. Jiggy Rays already has three different delivery companies delivering its pizzas. John Williams, owner of Dino’s, is personally making deliveries for a minimum order of $15 at no delivery charge anywhere inside the city.

Washburn said there are still plenty of restaurateurs working hard to get you to come in and try a sanitary and tasty meal during this time of concern for individual health and safety.

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