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  • Post #331 - October 26th, 2020, 10:50 am
    Post #331 - October 26th, 2020, 10:50 am Post #331 - October 26th, 2020, 10:50 am
    Suburban Cook County placed under tougher coronavirus restrictions starting Wednesday that will prohibit indoor dining and bar service

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavi ... story.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #332 - October 27th, 2020, 2:32 pm
    Post #332 - October 27th, 2020, 2:32 pm Post #332 - October 27th, 2020, 2:32 pm
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday ordered new restrictions for the city of Chicago that will prohibit indoor dining and bar service and limit gatherings to 25 as of Friday.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavi ... l#nws=true
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #333 - October 28th, 2020, 3:18 pm
    Post #333 - October 28th, 2020, 3:18 pm Post #333 - October 28th, 2020, 3:18 pm
    I have never ordered delivery ready to eat food in my life .

    I will be receiving a gift card for uber eats, so I suspect I have no choice ( Or can I order with delivery address the same as restaurant, then pick it up? That would let me order food from restaurants too far away for uber delivery,

    Maybe it will be "required" when I place the order, but if not, I am curious what others do.

    How much do you tip the restaurant, if any?

    How much do you tip the driver, if any?
    --Carey aka underdog
  • Post #334 - October 28th, 2020, 4:23 pm
    Post #334 - October 28th, 2020, 4:23 pm Post #334 - October 28th, 2020, 4:23 pm
    diversedancer wrote:How much do you tip the restaurant, if any?

    How much do you tip the driver, if any?
    I assume "tip[ping] the restaurant" means leaving a tip on carry-out.

    I think it's common practice to tip more when using a gift card than when paying full price. With a gift card, 25-30% (of pre-tax for the sake of consistency) on carry-out, 30-35% to a delivery driver, seem like reasonable minimums. Cash, if possible, for both.

    Again, to be clear, this is when comped or using a gift card.
  • Post #335 - October 28th, 2020, 4:28 pm
    Post #335 - October 28th, 2020, 4:28 pm Post #335 - October 28th, 2020, 4:28 pm
    OK. I'm confused.

    Are you saying the restaurant gets less from this transaction than if you purchased directly from the restaurant and used Uber Eats to deliver ?
  • Post #336 - October 28th, 2020, 5:57 pm
    Post #336 - October 28th, 2020, 5:57 pm Post #336 - October 28th, 2020, 5:57 pm
    diversedancer wrote:I have never ordered delivery ready to eat food in my life .

    I will be receiving a gift card for uber eats, so I suspect I have no choice ( Or can I order with delivery address the same as restaurant, then pick it up? That would let me order food from restaurants too far away for uber delivery,

    Maybe it will be "required" when I place the order, but if not, I am curious what others do.

    How much do you tip the restaurant, if any?

    How much do you tip the driver, if any?


    Uber Eats now offers a Pickup option though not all restaurants participate. The restaurants are also charged a lower fee.
  • Post #337 - October 28th, 2020, 9:28 pm
    Post #337 - October 28th, 2020, 9:28 pm Post #337 - October 28th, 2020, 9:28 pm
    lougord99 wrote:OK. I'm confused.

    Are you saying the restaurant gets less from this transaction than if you purchased directly from the restaurant and used Uber Eats to deliver ?
    Is this a question for me? I know UE would charge a fee on a regular order. As for gift cards, it could somehow be a better reimbursement than regular orders, but seems very unlikely.
  • Post #338 - October 30th, 2020, 11:20 am
    Post #338 - October 30th, 2020, 11:20 am Post #338 - October 30th, 2020, 11:20 am
    Sobering article about the current environment for the city's restaurants. We continue to support our local options as much as we can.
    -Mary
  • Post #339 - October 30th, 2020, 11:30 am
    Post #339 - October 30th, 2020, 11:30 am Post #339 - October 30th, 2020, 11:30 am
    Not a chance in hell that I'd step foot in one of those all you can breathe covid buffet petri tents.
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #340 - October 30th, 2020, 11:55 am
    Post #340 - October 30th, 2020, 11:55 am Post #340 - October 30th, 2020, 11:55 am
    Jazzfood wrote:Not a chance in hell that I'd step foot in one of those all you can breathe covid buffet petri tents.

    Some of the outdoor tents I've seen look more tightly locked up than the restaurant they sit by. We have dined on the back patio at the Beard and Belly a few times. It is now tented but has open ends for air. Felt okay about that.
    -Mary
  • Post #341 - October 30th, 2020, 2:50 pm
    Post #341 - October 30th, 2020, 2:50 pm Post #341 - October 30th, 2020, 2:50 pm
    Jazzfood wrote:Not a chance in hell that I'd step foot in one of those all you can breathe covid buffet petri tents.

    Then get carryout or delivery.
  • Post #342 - November 2nd, 2020, 12:14 pm
    Post #342 - November 2nd, 2020, 12:14 pm Post #342 - November 2nd, 2020, 12:14 pm
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/dining-bubble-pod-safe-covid/2020/10/31/b4eeb00a-1a31-11eb-aeec-b93bcc29a01b_story.html
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #343 - November 16th, 2020, 2:41 pm
    Post #343 - November 16th, 2020, 2:41 pm Post #343 - November 16th, 2020, 2:41 pm
    Boka Shuts Down Outdoor Dining As City’s Stay-at-Home Advisory Begins

    https://chicago.eater.com/2020/11/16/21 ... ee-chicago
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #344 - November 28th, 2020, 2:48 pm
    Post #344 - November 28th, 2020, 2:48 pm Post #344 - November 28th, 2020, 2:48 pm
    Related to this thread, to further clarify that the days I operate the 1987 Chevrolet Sprint are sporadic, I have compiled a Google™ map of the restaurants from which I have visited and taken-out which are a one-route Chicago Transit Authority vehicle from the abode here.
    This is because I (& you) only have two transfers in the two-hour span from when you first tap your Ventra® card on the vehicle. Another restaurant may be an exiguous distance, but if it requires a transfer to an intersecting bus route, I would have to pay a second fare on the third carriage. I have submitted written testimony to the Authority (at its 2021 budget meeting) urging it to allow a third transfer within the currently alloted time. :idea:
    Most of the restaurants are small, independent, and local venues, but a wee are not because a few of their meal deals cannot be spurned.
    Valuable links for survival, without the monetization attempt: http://74.115.231.54/~pudgym29/bookmark4.html
  • Post #345 - December 2nd, 2020, 3:25 pm
    Post #345 - December 2nd, 2020, 3:25 pm Post #345 - December 2nd, 2020, 3:25 pm
    The Reservoir in Uptown is temporarily shuttering due to Coronavirus related restrictions.
    Source: https://www.facebook.com/12403977774133 ... 7345827219
  • Post #346 - December 2nd, 2020, 8:18 pm
    Post #346 - December 2nd, 2020, 8:18 pm Post #346 - December 2nd, 2020, 8:18 pm
    Food Trends For 2021: Restaurants Helping Other Restaurants
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/michelinem ... staurants/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #347 - December 9th, 2020, 6:09 am
    Post #347 - December 9th, 2020, 6:09 am Post #347 - December 9th, 2020, 6:09 am
    James Beard Award Chef Launches National Gourmet Meal Delivery
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/garystolle ... -delivery/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #348 - December 18th, 2020, 2:36 pm
    Post #348 - December 18th, 2020, 2:36 pm Post #348 - December 18th, 2020, 2:36 pm
    The city of Chicago has joined with One Fair Wage in a program that could provide Chicago restaurants with grants of up to $30,000.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavi ... story.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #349 - December 27th, 2020, 2:17 pm
    Post #349 - December 27th, 2020, 2:17 pm Post #349 - December 27th, 2020, 2:17 pm
    I just saw this restaurant owner in Champaign county being interviewed on tv because he has in house dining, even though he is being fined $500 a day by the county for allowing people to dine in. Lil Buford is located in Tolono right outside Champaign. He has a lawyer that is fighting this. He says that Champaign county only has 2% infection rate, and he has way less customers than Walmart does, and they are being allowed to remain open.

    He says he can't survive on just take out. It sounds like it is a burger place.
  • Post #350 - December 27th, 2020, 3:29 pm
    Post #350 - December 27th, 2020, 3:29 pm Post #350 - December 27th, 2020, 3:29 pm
    NFriday wrote:he has way less customers than Walmart does, and they are being allowed to remain open.

    He is an idiot for making this apples-vs-oranges comparison. Shoppers and employees at Walmart are within breathing distance of each other for maybe ten seconds, not for an hour, and the store is many many times larger than any restaurant. And they keep their masks on the whole time, without any need to take them off to put anything in their mouths. All of which is why merchandise stores are permitted to stay open while indoor dining at restaurants is banned.

    NFriday wrote:He says he can't survive on just take out.

    He, his employees, and his customers also can't survive if they get coronavirus and die due to his failure to obey current restrictions.
    Last edited by nsxtasy on December 27th, 2020, 4:53 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #351 - December 27th, 2020, 3:53 pm
    Post #351 - December 27th, 2020, 3:53 pm Post #351 - December 27th, 2020, 3:53 pm
    This is the restaurants Facebook page. The great majority of the people posting on there support the restaurant, and go into the if restaurants are closed, why are so many people getting infected, and they mention the stores still being allowed to stay open.

    https://www.facebook.com/lilbufords/
  • Post #352 - December 27th, 2020, 4:51 pm
    Post #352 - December 27th, 2020, 4:51 pm Post #352 - December 27th, 2020, 4:51 pm
    NFriday wrote:The great majority of the people posting on there support the restaurant, and go into the if restaurants are closed, why are so many people getting infected, and they mention the stores still being allowed to stay open.

    Then they are idiots too. And this is one of the reasons why coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to skyrocket.
    Last edited by nsxtasy on December 27th, 2020, 4:58 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #353 - December 27th, 2020, 4:56 pm
    Post #353 - December 27th, 2020, 4:56 pm Post #353 - December 27th, 2020, 4:56 pm
    I think the increase of cases is caused more by people gathering over the holidays.
  • Post #354 - December 27th, 2020, 5:05 pm
    Post #354 - December 27th, 2020, 5:05 pm Post #354 - December 27th, 2020, 5:05 pm
    NFriday wrote:I think the increase of cases is caused more by people gathering over the holidays.

    Nope. That may have been a contributing factor, but more so in other states than here. Cases in Illinois (shown below) peaked at over 12,000 new cases per day November 13-17, before the holidays even began. They're now declining again, thanks in part to the re-imposed ban on indoor dining at restaurants throughout Illinois (along with other restrictions) that was triggered by the increase in cases here in October and early November.

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  • Post #355 - December 29th, 2020, 5:37 pm
    Post #355 - December 29th, 2020, 5:37 pm Post #355 - December 29th, 2020, 5:37 pm
    Tribune critic Phil Vettel reflects on a terrible year for Chicago restaurants — and the inspired ways some adapted to survive

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavi ... story.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #356 - January 2nd, 2021, 11:22 am
    Post #356 - January 2nd, 2021, 11:22 am Post #356 - January 2nd, 2021, 11:22 am
    Restaurants are like 'a boat with 15 holes in it'
    https://www.chicagobusiness.com/opinion ... 5-holes-it
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #357 - January 16th, 2021, 8:23 am
    Post #357 - January 16th, 2021, 8:23 am Post #357 - January 16th, 2021, 8:23 am
    The coronavirus pandemic sparked a surge in off-premises orders for restaurants, and demand for takeout is likely to remain high as consumers continue to prioritize safety and convenience. Restaurants are responding to the trend with new store designs that put off-premises front and center.

    https://www.smartbrief.com/original/202 ... urce=brief
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #358 - January 17th, 2021, 6:00 am
    Post #358 - January 17th, 2021, 6:00 am Post #358 - January 17th, 2021, 6:00 am
    Southern Illinois first to return to indoor dining, state Department of Public Health says

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/bre ... story.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #359 - January 17th, 2021, 12:00 pm
    Post #359 - January 17th, 2021, 12:00 pm Post #359 - January 17th, 2021, 12:00 pm
    Dave148 wrote:Southern Illinois first to return to indoor dining, state Department of Public Health says

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/bre ... story.html


    Wrong thing to do
  • Post #360 - January 17th, 2021, 12:26 pm
    Post #360 - January 17th, 2021, 12:26 pm Post #360 - January 17th, 2021, 12:26 pm
    RockyDennis wrote:Wrong thing to do

    I think Illinois is going about it the right way - basing any opening on objective criteria (test positivity, available hospital beds, and lack of increase in hospitalizations), while still limiting dining capacity and party size when reopening. (Perhaps you didn't bother reading the article in the link?)

    Whereas some other states have no restrictions at all, while coronavirus runs rampant...

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