In times of social distancing, curbside dining turns vital for local eateries in Medina

Owner: Brody Hoffmeister stands at the counter of Rudy’s Dinner, a staple in Medina for 32 years.

Brody Hoffmeister, Owner at Rudy’s in Medina, was doing well with curbside orders Tuesday afternoon, keeping in line with the State’s mandate for bars and restaurants to stop hosting customers.

“I’ve been at a loss for words, especially when it first happened the other day.” Brody said, referencing the statewide shutdown.

When asked how he felt about the steady orders coming in for curbside pickup, which was 42 at the time of my departure Tuesday afternoon, Brody remarked, “What makes this community so special, everybody knows everybody, and we’re all in this together.”

Brody emphatically thanked customers for continuing to patronize Rudy’s during these confusing times.

Extending even more gratitude, Brody thanked the community for the swell of support after the loss of his mother and former Owner, Kelly Duffield, stating, “I just can’t thank people enough for what they’ve done, for not only me, but my family over the past six months.”

Manager: Beth Coley takes an order over the phone at Fitzgibbons Public House.

Bethany Coley, Manager at Fitzgibbons, explained that some customers have been ordering out from the kitchen, but things have drastically slowed down.

In light of recent developments, Bethany shared, “This week, we are going to be closing after today, but we are going to open back up on Friday and Saturday for the fish fry curbside pickup.”

Coley unveiled that things are touch-and-go in the coming weeks, and that decisions from State Officials will impact further operations during this crisis.

The Liquor Authority is currently discussing the allowance of bars and restaurants to serve alcohol to-go.

She explained, “We are waiting on the Liquor Authority to approve us to be able to do cocktails and things like that. As of last night (Monday evening) the Liquor Authority was discussing it, they haven’t made a final ruling yet.”

Co-Owner: Avanti Pizza & Wood Fired Kitchen – Maurizio Passalacqua.

Maurizio Passalacqua explained how ‘Avanti’s’ has adapted during these mandates, “No contact delivery.  As long as you pay everything over the phone, we drop it on your porch, keeps everything nice and safe.”

‘Avanti’s’ came to Medina in the early 2000’s. A time when much of Main Street was waning. In many ways, their choice to open in Medina aided in platforming the downtown area as a viable spot to be an entrepreneur.

The kitchen is open and ready for both curbside and delivery business, and like all of our favorite local dining spots, could use as much to-go business as possible, with indoor dining areas closed down.

Lastly, referencing the Liquor Authority’s pending decision, Passalacqua stated, “Hopefully, tomorrow we’ll start serving the beer as well.”