Southern California restaurants tap into take-out alcohol during coronavirus pandemic – Orange County Register


In better times, patrons of the Rusty Pelican could sit and sip a cocktail with a view of Newport Harbor.

The restaurant’s dining room is currently closed to fight the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19.

But GM Steve Burke is able to deliver a bit of that experience, literally. It sells cocktails like Salty Pear martinis and $ 22 margaritas pitchers for pickup or delivery.

The Rusty Pelican takes advantage of “regulatory reliefCourtesy of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The measures include allowing restaurants to “sell beer, wine and distilled spirits for off-sale consumption”.

Cocktail bars and beer and wine tasting rooms were among the first businesses to close in mid-March on the recommendation of Governor Gavin Newsom. The state’s action doesn’t fill the void, but it does allow diners to get a mixed drink as long as they order a meal to go with it, according to Burke.

Restaurants must serve alcohol with sealed lids, he said. And customers, passengers or delivery drivers cannot access it in the car during transport.

In short, the law on open containers applies.

Burke said there was no warning when the department released its notice, dated March 19. He started serving cocktails on Monday, March 23, and in the first two days sold 12-15, which he said was “good enough” under the conditions.

The Rusty Pelican does more to push the bottles of wine, with Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Champagne for sale at up to 50% off the purchase of food.

Other restaurants that offer cocktails include Eureka! The gourmet hamburger chain has launched a “To Go Booze and Bundles” promotion.

It includes Wild Child Cocktail Kits that serve four for $ 15. They come with assembly instructions and all the ingredients Рvodka, watermelon, mint, lemon, aloe, ros̩, even a tablespoon of habanero salt for the rim of your glasses.

Eureka! makes just the only mixed drink so far.

“It’s something that we can batch batch in large batches,” Senior Beverage Manager Trevor Tyler said in a telephone interview.

Even so, Eureka’s location in Redlands sold its blends on Wednesday.

The chain’s promotion also includes a $ 60 family package with four entrees – cheeseburgers with fries, Cobb salad or chicken sliders – two appetizers and two desserts, and a bottle of wine valued at $ 20.

Food is 20% off, and bottles of wine, beer and liquor in small amounts are 20% off, according to a press release.

Padre, a Latin restaurant in Long Beach, sells mixing kits for some of its signature margaritas for $ 20. If the customers wish, he will sell them the tequila separately.

He sells Milagro Blanco Tequila by the bottle, $ 40, or in 8-ounce servings for $ 20. The same prices go for Gem & Bolt Mezcal.

The goal is not to make a profit, said chief executive Manuel Bañuelos in a telephone interview.

“Obviously, with the prices we offer, we try to stay operational. “

The cocktails also give people a taste of what they are missing until the COVID-19 closures are lifted.

“We try to keep it similar to what’s in the restaurant,” Bañuelos said.

Cocktail service

Eureka! : Most locations are temporarily closed, but Claremont and Redlands are open for take out and delivery. eurekarestaurantgroup.com

Father : 525 E. Broadway, Long Beach, 562-612-4951, padrelongbeach.com

The Rusty Pelican: 2735 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949-642-3431, rustypelican.com

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