Local restaurants adapt to new COVID-19 guidelines

April 1, 2020

Last updated on Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 2:17 p.m. 

On Sunday, March 22, 2020, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed into effect Executive Order 17, which calls for businesses across the state to utilize alternative business models beginning at midnight on Monday, March 23, 2020, until midnight April 6, 2020. 

On March 30, 2020, Bill Lee signed Executive Order 22, which directs Tennesseans to stay at home unless engaging in essential activities. This order remains in effect until April 14, 2020.

Governor Lee’s executive order enacts the following provisions regarding restaurants, bars, and similar food and drink establishments:

  • Establishments are to exclusively offer drive-thru, take-out or delivery options to support families, businesses and the food supply chain during this emergency.
  • Establishments may sell alcohol by take-out or delivery (with the purchase of food) in closed containers to those who are age 21 and up.

Many of our local restaurants in Smith County are adapting to these new guidelines by closing their dining rooms, adjusting their business hours, and offering to-go meals and delivery service.  

Much like we have been with our COVID-19 Changes, Closures, and Cancellations list, we’re trying to keep this list of changes to local restaurants as up-to-date as possible. If you have any information to add, please let us know! Thanks to the Smith County Chamber of Commerce for helping us with this list!

It is more important than ever to continue to support our local restaurants and businesses during these uncertain times.

Ebel’s Tavern is open for take-out, curbside, and delivery orders. They will gladly cook up your favorite food and text you when it’s ready for fast in and out or curbside delivery. Ebel’s Tavern is also now delivering to all of Smith County. Call 615-588-1888 to place your order, or order online at https://ebelstavern.mobilebytes.com. Follow Ebel’s Tavern on Facebook for more information.

Acapulco Grill is closed as of March 22, 2020. “See you soon amigos,” the restaurant’s owners wrote in a post on Facebook. “Come back to see us when we open.We are thankful for all the love and support this community has given us.” 

Michael & Hannah’s will be open for carry out window pick-up, curbside pickup if requested, and delivery within 10 miles until further notice. The restaurant will also operate under adjusted hours during this time – 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Call 615- 735-9475 to place your order.

Rojas Kitchen is open for take out orders beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020. Hours are 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Give Rojas Kitchen a call at 615-588-1202.

El Rey Azteca is open for carryout every day from noon to 8:00 p.m. Call 615-735-1336 to order!

Happy China has closed the buffet bar and is accepting call in orders for curbside delivery. When you come to pick up your order, stay in the car and give them a call that you’re there at 615-735-2337.

Dalton’s Stockyard Cafe will be closed until further notice. 

The Candy Bar will be closed April 1 thru April 14 in support of Executive Order 22 and Tennessee’s “Safer at Home.”

Carthage Sonic is open regular hours for drive-thru and pickup orders.

Pizza Hut in Carthage is open for carry out only.

The Cornerstone Cafe will be doing take out orders and curbside delivery. Call 615-683-8211 to place your order.

El Corral will only be doing carry out orders during regular hours on Monday thru Saturday. The restaurant will be closing on Sundays until further notice. Call 615-683-8877 to place your order.

Timberloft Restaurant is offering curbside pickup, beginning on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Online ordering is available at https://www.toasttab.com/timberloft-restaurant/v3, or you can call 615-683-5070.

Bellacino’s Pizza and Grinders will be offering curbside pickup and delivery service from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily. Deliveries stop at 7:00 p.m. Please call 615-683-4000 to order. 

Subway in Gordonsville is open for drive-thru only from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Call 615-683-5050.

McDonald’s in both Carthage and Gordonsville is open for drive-thru orders.

The drive-thru at Wendy’s in Gordonsville is open. Call 615-683-3421 for more information.

Arby’s in Gordonsville is drive-thru only.

Keystop is open normal hours and is offering take-out.

KFC/Taco Bell is open for drive-thru and carry out orders. The lobby closes at 8:00 p.m. nightly, and the drive-thru closes at 9:00 p.m.

Beginning March 30, 2020, Hoggtown BBQ will be closed for two weeks.

Martin’s Grocery is open for business and take out orders are available. Call 615-774-3120. Curb side service is also available!

Jane Reed’s Pleasant Shade Store and Cafe will begin delivering within a 15 mile radius beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The Cafe will also be open for take out and curbside. Operating hours are noon to 7:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Call 615-677-2233, or order online here.

Creekview Cafe at Defeated Creek Marina will be open for takeout only Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sparta Greek Grill 2 in Rock City is offering take-out meals. Call 615-281-8376 to order!