While you’re sheltering in place, Point Loma Village and other small businesses want patrons to know they remain open for take-out and delivery of food and other essential services.
- “We are obviously an essential healthcare facility and hence accept our responsibility to continue providing our services to our community in this most efficient and non-disruptive process as possible,” said Michael Saad of Point Loma Shelter Island Drug at 1105 Rosecrans St.
“This is the profession we chose and as community pharmacists, we are dedicated to the health and welfare of our community and patients. Having said this, we are extremely concerned about the health and exposure risks that our employees are facing every day.”
To protect its employees, and consumers, Point Loma Shelter Island Drug has adopted facemasks and gloves on all employees at all times; hand washing and sanitizing all counters and any surfaces touched hourly such as telephones, registers, etc.; every patient is screened at the entrance with hands disinfected before entering pharmacy; maximum two patients at a time in pharmacy; free home deliveries; drive-thru pickup encouraged; three-month supply of maintenance drugs encouraged; and sneeze guards installed at all counters to protect employees and patients.
- Collin Smith of The Cravory at 3960 W. Point Loma Blvd., in Midway Towne Center, said his business “is doing its best to stay open during these unprecedented times by coming up with creative ways to engage with customers. We are offering $1 cookies at our Point Loma retail location, as well as offering ‘social distancing’ deliveries by the ‘Cookie Monster’ himself.”
Added Smith: “A member of The Cravory team dresses up as the Cookie Monster and is hand-delivering Cravory boxes to families. People can surprise their kids or send the Cookie Monster to a friend. We are also offering 20% off online orders. We ship nationwide, so you can share your cookie love with family/friends. Coupon code is SANDIEGO20 at thecravory.com.
- Gibran Fernandez, owner of Mr. Moto Pizza at 1180 Rosecrans St #102, said he, like other restaurateurs, has “had to take things day by day. … we knew it was a matter of time before it (virus) would hit California and we were going to depend on our food delivery. By the time it hit, we were monitoring almost by the hour, in social media ...Once the guidelines were set, we were able to adapt to it, while making adjustments such as hours of operation, extended delivery times, etc.”
Fernandez added, “We work really hard on our marketing and we are seeing good results … it is difficult not knowing how long this will last and the after-effects, but we are also preparing for the future, always being prepared, and if not, then being able to adapt quickly. We communicate with our managers daily and quickly. Lastly, we try to have really good relations with our customers. We’ve been supporting our neighborhood schools, running weekly giveaways on our social media pages, etc., and it is great seeing how they are supporting Mr. Moto.”
- Fiddler’s Green at 2760 Shelter Island Drive found itself trapped between a rock and a hard place located on the second floor of its building. But owner Steve Rock has compensated.
“We’re open for takeout dinner with a limited menu 4 to 7 p.m., but we do not do the delivery,” said Rock, adding he’s filling out the voluminous paperwork to qualify for a low-interest federal business loan.
“The idea is to give me money, so I can hire my employees back,” said Rock. “I will gladly do that.”
Added Rock: “We’re getting support from our locals which we appreciate. If you want to help out your favorite restaurant – support them with their to-go stuff. We’re upstairs. Patrons can come up to our patio, or they can call up from their cars and we will bring food down to the parking lot and make the exchange outside.”
- “Supannee House of Thai & Catering remains open for take-out and delivery every day from 4-8 p.m.,” said Alec House of the eatery at 2907 Shelter Island Drive. “Please order in advance through our website at sdtha.com. We are hopeful that we can continue to serve our neighborhood and loyal customers now and into the future.”
Added House, “We will be delivering meals to our critical care providers at local hospitals through a partnership with Frontline Foods and World Central Kitchen, founded by famous chef Jose Andres. If any members of the community would like to help support this mission, more info can be found at donate.wck.org.”
- Cathy Gallagher, the managing partner of Jennings House Cafe in the heart of Point Loma Village at 1018 Rosecrans St., said the eatery, which serves breakfast all day, is open daily 6 a.m.-1 p.m. (closed Wednesdays). Open Easter Sunday 7 a.m.- 1 p.m.
“Open for take-out only, we have 10% off online orders,” she said. “Prepay and you get curbside delivery. Call upon arrival. At checkout enter promo code: online orders. We also have a gift card special. Buy $50 in gift cards, and get a $5 card free. Buy $100 in gift cards, and get a $15 gift card free.”
"At Jennings House Cafe, we've pivoted quite a bit over the last several weeks," said Gallagher. "Since the shelter-in-place order went into effect, we, like many small businesses, have had to temporarily lay off staff, reduce hours, and look for immediate reductions in costs, while at the same time remarketing ourselves as a take-out restaurant in order to keep the lights on and the doors open.
As the owner of the cafe, I'm now operating solo and offering online ordering (jenningshousecafe.com) with prepayment options and curbside delivery, phone-in orders, or walk-up take-out as well. I run occasional specials, as well as continue to offer our regular menu (most items), homemade soups, gluten-free and vegan options, and now feature fresh-baked muffins and scones which change daily."
- Jensen's Foods in Point Loma at 955 Catalina Blvd., had all its employees wearing facemasks and gloves the first day it was mandated by the state on April 3.
Owner Adam Zack said he has progressively taken more and more steps as the lockdown has deepened, requiring employees to sanitize the store as much as possible while maintaining social distancing and instituting a temporary no-reusable bag policy.
Other businesses open in include:
1101 Scott St.
Place your order by 4 p.m. and it's ready for pick-up or delivery for free between 5-7 p.m. Free delivery for 92106 and 92107 ($20 minimum). 2907 Shelter Island Drive. 619-758-9325 thewinepubsd.com.
Take-home desserts. Takeout: Tuesdays-Saturdays 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays noon-5 p.m. 1111 Scott St. 619-222-1889. trufflemaker.com.
Point Break Cafe
Takeout: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. - daily. 2743 Shelter Island Drive. 619-758-9870. pointbreakcafe.com.
Takeout noon-8 p.m. daily. Takeout beverages available and vary by location. 1304 Rosecrans St. 619-501-5982. sushiloungesd.com.
Take out 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and delivery through GrubHub. 1912 Rosecrans St. 619-223-9021.
The Gourmet Bagger Sandwich Shop
Pick up and delivery 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 3357 Rosecrans St. in Loma Square. 619-523-0590. thegourmetbagger.com.