Stay Inside, Eat Great
By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
The Arizona Restaurant Association has come to the rescue of dining establishments suffering because of the recent state of emergency.
It has debuted Arizona Takeout Week, which runs through the coronavirus closures. The event is meant to help restaurants and the diners who depend on them for daily sustenance survive what is an unprecedented crisis in the industry.
The initiative sheds light on restaurants offering pick-up, curbside and delivery options during this time.
“We appreciate and thank Gov. Ducey for his efforts in working with the restaurant industry to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus,” Arizona Restaurant Association President and CEO Steve Chucri says.
“The Arizona restaurant family appreciates his work and that of all elected leaders in our state during this unparalleled time in our history.”
The culinary industry has a powerful impact on the state’s economy—and residents’ livelihoods. There are more than 10,000 dining establishments that employ more than 229,000 staff with annual restaurant sales of $13.4 billion.
“At the end of the day, we are the industry of ‘happy’—that is what the hospitality industry represents,” Chucri says. “We hope to bring a bit of happiness to Arizonans during this extremely difficult time through Arizona Takeout Week while keeping our employees and restaurants afloat.”
The event has more than 100 participating restaurants.
This initiative is free for restaurants and all are invited to email their current menus and service hours to firstname.lastname@example.org. Diners are encouraged to go to the official Arizona Takeout Week website at aztakeoutweek.com to learn more.
In similar news, Happy Valley Towne Center, 2501 W. Happy Valley Road, Phoenix, has takeout offers specific to its shopping center.
Take home an entrée for $5 extra, early dinner duos $8.99, takeout available. olivegarden.com/specials
Shane’s Rib Shack
Order online and take out available. shanesribshack.com/locations/phoenix-az
Delivery and takeout available. redrobin.com/menu
Free delivery. chipotle.com