Locally owned restaurants like Spanky’s on 16th Street in Orange are starting to give curbside service on take-out orders so they can keep dining rooms from getting crowded.
Mike Lemoine, who owns Spanky’s, spoke with KOGT’s Gary Stelly during the ‘People in the Know’ segment of The Morning Show.
Thursday at 7 a.m., Stelly will talk to local physician Dr. Calvin Parker, who is also the county’s health officer.
Lemoine said his restaurant has been cleaned more thoroughly than ever before and employees are being careful. Business inside, which includes the bar, has dropped as people start to self-isolate. He said the restaurant will limit the people inside to 50, as requested by the county.
Spanky’s has a pick-up room on the side where customers go to get orders. Now, though, someone can park in the lot and call inside to tell them they have arrived. The customer will describe their vehicle. “We’ll bring it out to your car for you,” Lemoine said.
The region is in the middle of crawfish season and Lemoine said people can even order crawfish to go. However, he is asking that customers go to the parking lot and then call in their order. That way, the crawfish will be hot when they are delivered to the vehicle.
Lemoine said the pandemic is “devastating” to crawfish season this year. He said he is the only restaurant that got sacks of crawfish delivered from his supplier this week.
On Fridays and Saturdays, Spanky’s goes through 25-30 sacks of crawfish. On Tuesday night, they sold eight sacks.
Lemoine said you can order crawfish to take home. But instead of calling ahead, place your order at the restaurant so they’ll be hot when you take them home.