The Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association (PRLA) is making it easier to find and support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic with a website called CarryOutPA.com that lists restaurants offering takeout and curbside services.
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is encouraging Pennsylvanians to use the site to support restaurants that are experiencing less business than usual during Gov. Wolf’s stay-at-home order. The site offers a comprehensive list of restaurants offering carryout, curbside or delivery services–as well as beer and wine to go.
“Restaurants in Pennsylvania and the nation have been hit hard by the mandated closure of dine-in service due to COVID-19. As the statewide organization for the commonwealth’s restaurant industry, PRLA moved quickly to establish a website for restaurants to let the public know that they were open and ready to serve their communities,” said John Longstreet, PRLA president & CEO. “Any restaurant in Pennsylvania that is open for take out and delivery may add their listing to CarryOutPA.com at no charge.”
The restaurant industry supports approximately 10 percent of Pennsylvania’s jobs, according to the PRLA, which noted that more than 70 percent of restaurants are single-unit operations, and many are family-owned.
“Small business is the backbone of Pennsylvania’s tourism industry, and we are committed to supporting our commonwealth’s business owners as we work through these unprecedented times together,” said DCED Deputy Secretary for Marketing, Tourism and Film Carrie Fischer Lepore. “By visiting the CarryOutPA website, Pennsylvanians can treat themselves to a safely-prepared dine-out meal while helping their community on the road to recovery from this pandemic.”
Visitors to the site begin by entering their city or zip code. From there, the site displays a list of restaurants in the area offering curbside, delivery or takeout services. It provides various categories like Asian, Mexican, Italian, burgers, etc. for diners to narrow down the results to what they are in the mood for. CarryOutPA also provides filters to narrow down results to restaurants based on whether they offer pick-up, curbside or delivery.
The site even offers a beer and wine category to help users quickly find restaurants which serve libations, as well as a Surprise Me! feature which scrambles the list results and recommends a random restaurant in the area.
Also among the local restaurants listed are Kome Fine Japanese Cuisine, Melt, White Orchids Thai Cuisine and Torre, all of which are popular restaurants located in the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, which itself is listed on CarryOutPA.
Restaurant owners can use the site to add their business to the listings.