Utica, NY - Babe's at Harbor Point on North Genesee Street is just one of many local restaurants who have been forced to switch from dine-ins to drive-thrus in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Today, Babe's served its Fish Fry curbside in efforts to exercise social distancing and ensure customer safety.
Patrons can pull in, place and pay for their order, and receive their meals all without leaving their car.
Jeff Stone, ORB Food and Beverage President says, "It's great to have the customers come through and just be able to pick your bags up not have to come inside not have to handle money. Pretty much everything's been put through a credit card over the phone or if you just drive up, you can just driev up nad pay and drive out."
The curbside operation is great for customers but also brings business for local restaurants. Stone says in this unprecendeted time, any business is good business.
"The feedback has been fantastic and also it's been great that we keep a lot of our employees still employed,"says Stone.
Members of the Utica Comets and Utica City FC staff and players helped deliver food to customers.
UCFC Head Coach Ryan Hall says, "Anything we can do to give back to the community, a lot of the hockey guys have moved on but a lot of their staff are here helping out, it helps us do what we can in the community and give back. We're trying to figure this out, one day at a time like everyone else. But if we can do whatever we can to do our part and to help, we're more than willing."
With hopes that things go back to normal soon, Stone adds, "We do plan on doing this right through Lent and probably a little farther through depending on what's happening."
Babe's at Harbor Point is open from 11a.m. to 8 p.m Sunday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.