During the coronavirus outbreak, gasoline prices have dropped below $1.80 a gallon for unleaded regular. —STAFF PHOTO
During the coronavirus outbreak, gasoline prices have dropped below $1.80 a gallon for unleaded regular. —STAFF PHOTO
Due to Gov. Tony Evers’  moratorium announced last week on mass gatherings of 10 people or more to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, as well as the closing of all bars and restaurants in the state except for takeout and delivery, area businesses are encouraging North Woods community members to still come out and support their local establishments.

According to the order, restaurants may remain open for takeout or delivery service only. No seating may be provided and food may not be consumed at the restaurant. Furthermore, restaurants  must preserve social distancing and 6 feet between customers during pickup.

In addition, retail food establishments, including grocery and convenience stores, are required to close all seating intended for consuming food; cease self-service operations of salad bars, beverage stations and buffets; and prohibit customers from self-dispensing all unpackaged food.

The order, signed by Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, will remain in effect for the duration of the public health emergency declared in Gov. Evers’ executive order or until a superseding order is issued.

Grocery stores offer shopping services

To help residents get groceries without having to spend time in public and therefore adhere to the social distancing guidelines, Pick ’n Save and Trig’s in Eagle River are offering grocery pickup. 

Shoppers can create online grocery lists, store associates will do the shopping for them and make them available for pickup. Trig’s also is offering grocery delivery by visiting trigstogo.com and placing an order.

According to Eagle River Trig’s Assistant Store Director Mike Nabbefeld, Trig’s To-Go offers customers the opportunity to have store shoppers do all the work for them. He said the store has seen a strong upswing in use of the online service, recently tripling from an average of nine to 10 orders per day to close to 30 orders per day.

“The bottom of my feet are absolutely worn out!” said Nabbefeld. “I have been shopping like a madman to fill these orders!”

For the safety of shoppers as well as customers, Nabbefeld said that associates wear gloves to handle all produce, sanitize their iPads used for shopping regularly and wash their hands often.

The Eagle River store offers delivery to Eagle River, St. Germain, Sayner-Star Lake, Conover, Three Lakes and Phelps. Those who live in other northern towns can contact the Minocqua or Rhinelander Trig’s for more information on delivery services in their area.

There is a $4.99 delivery charge, but Trig’s is offering a promotional code that offers five free deliveries for orders more than $30 through May. Patrons can add the code “5FREE” at the end of their orders to redeem the offer.

Wild Eagle Corner Store, located north of town on Highway 45, also has employees on staff to retrieve items from the store so customers can stay in their vehicles and practice proper social distancing. The station also is offering full service at the gas pump to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by touching fuel nozzles. 

D&S Mobil gas station in Eagle River always offers full service for its customers as well.

Restaurant takeout and delivery

Many businesses in the area also are now offering curbside pickup and/or delivery services in the Eagle River area for the convenience of families in the North Woods. 

Restaurants offering pickup and/or delivery services include:

— Bortolotti’s Cin-Cin wine bar and bistro, pickup and delivery, (715) 891-0775;

— Buckshot’s Downtown, pickup, (715) 337-2209;

— Buckshot’s Saloon and Eatery, pickup, (715) 479-7468;

— Butch’s Pizza North, pickup and delivery, (715) 477-1111;

— Chef Rene’s at the Inn, pickup, (715) 479-2000;

— The Craftsman American Tavern, pickup, (715) 337-2071;

— Dairy Queen of Eagle River, drive-thru, (715) 479-8511;

— Eagle Lanes, pickup, (715) 479-4555;

— Eagle River Roasters coffee house, pickup and drive-thru, (715) 479-7995;

— Friendship House Family Restaurant, pickup, (715) 479-1070;

— Honey Bear, pickup, (715) 479-9161;

— House of Dogs, pickup, (715) 477-1949;

— Lumpy’s Sports Bar and Grill, pickup, (715) 479-1515;

— McDonald’s of Eagle River, drive-thru, (715) 479-5222;

— Sweetwater Spirits and Resort, pickup and delivery, (715) 479-4872;

— Tijan’s Twelve Pines, pickup and delivery, (715) 479-4734; and

— Tribute Brewing Co., craft beer pickup, (715) 480-BEER (2337).

Restaurants in Three Lakes also are offering pickup or delivery options, including:

— Deja Brew/Open Armoire, pickup, (715) 546-3334;

— Black Forest Bar and Grille, pickup, (715) 546-3400;

— Bonnie’s Lakeside, pickup, (715) 546-2929; and

— Pine Isle, pickup and delivery, (715) 546-3333.

For more information on hours, menu items and services offered at any of the businesses listed above, call them directly or find them on Facebook. Some hours and menus may be limited.

Customers are reminded to tip their shoppers, delivery people and food workers for these services.

Any area restaurants or businesses that would like to be added to this list should contact the Vilas County News-Review at (715) 479-4421.