The Anchorage has launched an online marketplace where shoppers can purchase prepared foods, produce, wine and pantry goods.
As the coronavirus pandemic keeps restaurants’ doors closed to diners, the Village of West Greenville restaurant has switched its focus and will now be operating as a drive-up grocery store of sorts.
Customers who might be put off by the crowds at the big chain grocery stores, or who just want to support local food providers, can go to The Anchorage’s online marketplace and select from an assortment of prepared foods, pantry items, fresh produce and the restaurant’s complete wine list.
The Anchorage’s executive chef and owner, Greg McPhee, said all prices have been lowered to retail level. All payment is done online to limit direct contact, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. Customers can also request curbside delivery by calling the restaurant before they come to pick up their orders.
“We have been overwhelmed by the community support during this very difficult time,” McPhee said. “The Anchorage model is not one that can easily be converted to a take-away or curbside restaurant, so we wanted to develop a system where our customers, friends and community can support us and get some of their favorites from the restaurant.”
The marketplace will continue until all the restaurant’s supplied have been exhausted. The goal, according to McPhee, is to position The Anchorage as best as possible to reopen and restore normal employment levels and business operations once the pandemic passes.
“The most important thing for us is the safety and long-term well-being of both our employees and guests,” McPhee said. “We hope that this program will give us the ability to continue to serve as long as possible in a responsible way.”