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ATLANTA RESTAURANTS GO ABOVE AND BEYOND TO ENHANCE SAFETY MEASURES

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/17/20

Safety and Wellbeing of Staff and Guests Remain Top Priority as Dining Rooms Reopen

The restaurant industry has been devastated by COVID-19, causing closures and service industry employees to lose their jobs. Many establishments have turned to takeout and delivery to stay afloat while others remained completely closed. As the stay-at-home order has been lifted by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, restaurants are preparing to reopen, and some are going above and beyond required measures to ensure the safety of staff and guests.

Johnny’s Hideaway, the iconic Atlanta nightclub, has partnered with CleanWell, the exclusive certified applicator of Monofoil in the Southeast. Johnny’s is the first nightclub to use this nanotechnology-based cleaner that sticks to surfaces and provides protection for 30-60 days. It molecularly bonds to any surface and provides ongoing efficacy in physically killing pathogens that can carry viruses. CleanWell will come to Johnny’s every 45-60 days to reapply the cleaner.

Marlow’s Tavern has installed an upgraded Reme Halo air filtration system that kills 99% of all germs and viruses. They are temporarily installing plexiglass dividers between booths and sanitation stations throughout the taverns. Single-use paper menus and QR code menus will be available for guests to read on their phones. Marlow’s Tavern also will be controlling the number of guests entering the building.

Following the trend, Murphy’s owner Tom Murphy is taking proactive measures to implement new safety protocols and improve the air quality at his iconic Virginia-Highland restaurant with the installation of Synexis, a biodefense technology to reduce the opportunity for infectious microorganisms. Murphy’s is the first independent casual dining restaurant in Atlanta with this state-of-the-art microbial reduction system. Synexis is the same advanced technology used to continuously reduce bioburden in sectors such as schools and hospitals and is effective against airborne and surface viruses, bacteria and fungi.

Ray’s on the River and Ray’s at Killer Creek are also implementing increased precautions to ensure a healthy, safe environment for all guests and employees. Added precautions include installing UV lights by Global Plasma System to combat dangerous pathogens and viruses that may be in the air, single-use menus, contactless pay options, plexiglass booth dividers and more.

Rock ‘N’ Taco, Roswell’s late-night, gourmet taqueria spot, has taken several steps to ensure a safe reopening. While the eatery was closed, the team renovated, updated décor and strategized on how to serve their guests safely. All employees are now required to wear masks and practice extensive hygiene protocols. They have a handsfree, virtual menu so that guests do not have to unnecessarily touch anything. Rock ‘N’ Taco is opening its six, large garage doors to encourage patrons to eat on the patio so that everyone is getting fresh, clean air. Additionally, the restaurant has made more room on the patio by roping off some of its large parking lot for extra, spaced-out seating.

Taco Mac is following strict sanitation guidelines upon reopening and implementing several additional safety recommendations from the local, state and federal governments, as well as the CDC. Staff performs a thorough cleaning and sanitation of the entire restaurant before opening a dining room, utilizing ready-to-use peroxide disinfectant to regularly spray all contact surfaces. All employees are required to wear masks while in the building. Taco Mac has installed sanitation stations throughout the restaurant and removed all caddies and condiments from tables. Team members will bring out sanitized salt and pepper shakers as well as single-use condiments upon request. Dining areas have been rearranged for intentional social distancing through limited seating as well as planned traffic flow and taped six-foot markings in key areas to show guests where to stand when waiting. Taco Mac is continuously monitoring the situation and applying additional measures as needed. View detailed guidelines and safety measures here.

It is important for people’s livelihoods that these restaurants reopen, and guests need to know that their health and safety is of the upmost importance to the owners of these establishments. As patrons return to their favorite local restaurants, they can take comfort knowing restaurants have gone above and beyond to enhance protocols for their wellbeing.

BRING A CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA TO YOUR CASA

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/29/20

Many of us will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo from home this year, but don’t despair. Atlanta restaurants have you covered with a variety of party-at-home specials, meals and libations to add plenty of olé to the day.

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern keeps the margaritas flowing all day at both the Brookhaven and Dunwoody locations. Open from noon-9 p.m., HOBNOB fans can pick up $3 tacos (chicken, pork and veggie) along with $5 margaritas to kick up the festivities at home.

Lazy Llama Cantina throws a fiesta with tacos and margaritas to-go. The Midtown eatery is open from noon-9 p.m. with a Cinco de Mayo special of two tacos (chicken, pork or veggie), chips and salsa and a Llamarita margarita for $12.95. Keep the margaritas flowing with $5 individual margaritas and $15 margarita pitchers. This special is available for pick-up only. Lazy Llama also is offering a 12 taco family meal with 12 tacos (chicken, pork or veggie), chips, salsa, guacamole and queso for $69. The family meal is available for pick-up or delivery via DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub.

Marlow’s Tavern livens up the occasion with a Cinco de Marlow’s package that feeds four. For $59, Marlow’s provides a fajita kit with a choice of two proteins (lime and cumin grilled chicken thighs, chili-rubbed grilled skirt steak or blackened and sautéed shrimp), tortillas, peppers and onions, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, black beans, rice, chicken pozole, tortilla chips and churros for dessert. Make it a party and add margarita mix for $10 per quart (tequila not included). Add a bottle of Marlow’s sangria (red or white) for $30. Orders must be placed by noon on Wednesday, April 29, for pick-up on Friday, May 1; by noon on Thursday, April 30, for pickup on Saturday, May 2; or by noon on Sunday, May 3 for pick-up on Tuesday, May 5. Click here to order.

Murphy’s in Virginia-Highland fires up taste buds with its vegetarian enchilada meal for four. This flavorful $40 special includes a vegetable enchilada casserole, avocado salsa, tortilla chips, cabbage slaw and flan for dessert. Place orders online or by calling 404-872-0904 for pick-up between 12-7 p.m. Delivery is also available via Zifty.com.

Taco Mac makes it easy to throw a festive Cinco de Mayo bash at home. Mexican-inspired menu favorites include three tacos (chicken tinga, beef, Southern fried catfish, grilled BBQ shrimp or grilled steak for $9.99) and a variety of quesadillas including chicken tinga ($9.99), grilled steak ($10.29) and grilled vegetable and black bean ($8.99). Pair your Cinco de Mayo feast with a selection of Mexican beers ($2 each) such as Corona, Corona Light, Dos Equis Lager and Dos Equis Amber.