DULUTH — Black Woods Grill & Bar didn’t used to handle its own delivery. But it learned how to fast.
“We kind of taught ourselves overnight how to do it independently,” said Ben Thoen, director of operations for the Black Woods Group, which also owns Duluth’s Tavern on the Hill.
Across the country, restaurants and bars are making similar pivots as they scramble to find a way to survive amid a coronavirus outbreak that’s changed the very way they do business.
Gov. Tim Walz banned in-person dining at bars and restaurants starting March 17 in effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Walz announced Wednesday that closures would extend at least through May 1.
Some in Duluth — like Tom Hanson, who owns the popular OMC Smokehouse and Duluth Grill — have completely closed for the time being, hoping to weather the outbreak without full operating costs.
Others have kept a bare-bones staff to draw in revenue through takeout and delivery orders. Thoen said Black Woods had to furlough more than 400 employees from its various restaurants. Brian Daugherty, president of Grandma’s Restaurant Company, said he laid off 350.
Those still up and running are desperate for the patronage of Duluth customers, who likewise may be searching for new ways to dine now that getting a table for two isn’t an option. Phones, apps and websites are being deployed to take orders, and a few places might even take Venmo tips.
Here’s a list of 35 Duluth-area restaurants offering some form of takeout or delivery, adjusting to the new norms of an industry that was flipped on its head by this public health crisis. Find more options at duluthloveslocal.com/curbside-delivery.
Anchor Bar & Grill
Once featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” this Superior fixture is still serving its full no-nonsense menu of burgers and fries. The Wisconsin joint is also serving beer to go. Curbside from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
413 Tower Ave., Superior, Wis., 715-394-9747, anchorbarandgrill.com
At Sara’s Table/Chester Creek Cafe
A local brunch favorite that takes an international turn for its lunch and dinner menu. Curbside and delivery from 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.
1902 E. 8th St., 218-724-6811, www.astccc.net
Black Woods Grill & Bar
The Proctor and Two Harbors locations of the locally owned chain are temporarily closed, but customers can still order scratch-made soups, slow-cooked potpies and other homemade dishes from its Duluth restaurant. Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
2525 London Road, 218-724-1612, www.blackwoods.com
Since 1936, Duluth’s dairy institution has been churning out ice cream that’s now sold across the Midwest. Order some to-go with your breakfast, lunch or dinner at Bridgeman’s only restaurant, which has been featuring daily specials on social media. Curbside and delivery from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
2202 Mountain Shadow Dr., 218-727-0196, duluthbridgemans.com
Since the governor closed schools, this Mexican joint and affiliated Fitger’s Brewhouse have been offering free lunches to children who may rely on their schools for meals. Though Feb. 14 has passed, Burrito Union is also running a “will you be my quaran-tine?” promotion encouraging customers to order meals for their loved ones (hand delivered with a note!). Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. on weekends.
1332 E. 4th St., 218-728-4414, burritounion.com
Canal Park Brewing Company
The restaurant scaled back its hours due to a drop in business, but it’s still offering free kid’s meals to those in need from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Order appetizers, sandwiches, burgers and salads along with some local brews, which customers can have delivered to their homes if they order ahead. Curbside and delivery from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
300 Canal Park Dr., 218-464-4790, canalparkbrewery.com
Dubh Linn Brew Pub
In-person dining closed in Minnesota on St. Patrick’s Day, but Dubh Linn did the Irish holiday carryout style. They’re still offering fish and chips, bangers and mash, shepherds pie and other pub faire curbside from 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
109 W. Superior St., 218-727-1559, dubhlinnpub.com
Duluth’s Best Bread
The business’ new subscription service for a monthly box of bread sold out earlier this year, but it’s opened up some more slots for those desiring deliveries during these times of quarantine. There’s also curbside pickup from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
2632 W. 3rd St., 218-590-5966, duluthsbestbread.com
Marcy Wojick, director of operations for Just Take Action (the parent company of Fitger’s Brewhouse, Burrito Union and a handful of other Duluth joints), said sales at the brewhouse have been down 85% of what they usually are and staffing has been cut significantly. “But our customers have been so nice, so positive — it’s just nice to see faces right now,” she said. Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily. Customers can also order beer deliveries, which will be made from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.
600 E. Superior St., 218-279-2739, fitgersbrewhouse.com
Gannucci’s Italian Market
Now offering its pizzas, pastas and sandwiches for lunch and dinner, this West Duluth staple is taking orders by phone. Curbside 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
301 N. Central Ave., 218-624-2286, facebook.com/gannuccis
GB Schneider & Co.
In West Duluth, this mainstay is offering a daily lunch special, along with its full menu of made-from-scratch meals. Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
4602 Grand Ave., 218-491-7878, gbschneider.com
Grandma’s Saloon & Grill
This iconic Duluth establishment is running a limited menu that still includes a variety of its classic burgers, sandwiches and pastas. The affiliated Sports Garden and Bellisio’s Italian Restaurant are temporarily closed, but Little Angie’s Cantina in Canal Park is also still serving up its Southwest-style dishes (11 E. Buchanan St., 218-727-6117, littleangies.com). Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
522 S. Lake Ave., 218-727-4192; 2202 Maple Grove Road, 218-722-9313; 1302 S. 12th St., Virginia, 218-749-1960, www.grandmasrestaurants.com
Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar
This Canal Park joint has cut back options for its takeout menu, but there’s still plenty of diverse dishes — coconut chicken soup, pork chop with fingerling potatoes and green bean casserole, falafel, pho and more. They’re offering wine to-go, too, by getting creative with Minnesota liquor laws and opening bottles before reclosing them for transport (they’re not alone!). Lake Avenue is only open two days a week for the time being, so email or call orders in ahead of time. Curbside from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.
394 S. Lake Ave., 218-722-2355, www.lakeaveduluth.com
Who doesn’t need a little love (and ice cream) during these times of stress? The Lincoln Park shop is selling pints and treats curbside from noon-8 p.m. daily.
1908 W. Superior St., 218-576-5639, lovecreamery.com
Haven’t had the chance to check out the Banh Mi-Za yet? Duluth’s newest pizza place has curbside and delivery from noon-8 p.m. daily.
420 W. Superior St., 218-481-7167, luluspizzaduluth.com
McKenzie’s Bar & Grill
McKenzie’s is offering rotating deals on their burgers, wraps, sandwiches and appetizers. Curbside from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
5094 Miller Trunk Hwy., Hermantown, 218-729-1900, mckenziesbar.com
Northern Waters Smokehaus
Beloved by locals and tourists alike, this small deli-style joint in Canal Park is continuing to cure the smoked fish and meat that makes it sandwiches something to talk about (think: Cajun smoked salmon and curry-rubbed lamb). Northern Waters takes mail orders for people throughout the country craving some Lake Superior smoked trout, but they also offer curbside and delivery in the Twin Ports from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
394 S. Lake Ave., 218-724-7307, northernwaterssmokehaus.com
Positively 3rd Street Bakery
This hub for all baked goodies also started giving away free lunch packs (two fresh loaves of bread and a pound of granola) for those in need with kids home from school. About half of the bakery’s business comes from accounts with wholesalers around the state, some of whom are restaurants and coffee shops that closed their doors to stop the virus’ spread — so “things have slowed down quite significantly,” co-owner Koda Fultz said. The Duluth storefront is open for pickup (though they ask that only four people be in the small shop at a time) from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekends.
1202 E. 3rd St., 218-724-8619, 3rdstbakery.com
Sir Benedict’s Tavern on the Lake
Order salads, sandwiches and other pub grub from the English tavern-style joint near Duluth’s hospitals. Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
805 E. Superior St., 218-728-1192, sirbens.com
Tavern on the Hill
The normally hopping hot spot near the University of Minnesota Duluth is still offering its full menu, which includes burgers, salads, tacos and more. Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
1102 Woodland Ave., 218-724-0010, www.tavernduluth.com
The Breeze Inn
Homemade soups? Juicy Lucy’s? Sounds like Minnesota comfort food. Curbside from noon-7 p.m. daily.
5168 Jean Duluth Road, 218-525-2883, thebreezeinn.com
The Juice Pharm
After moving to a new location downtown, this fruit-filled joint is offering juices, smoothies and açai bowls to go (the rest of their regular food menu will return at a later date). Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily.
208 E. 1st St., 218-522-4545, www.juice-pharm.com
The King of Creams
Grab a burger or a Philly cheesesteak with a side of fries and a malt. This Central Hillside neighborhood diner said on social media that the governor’s order is giving them some time to work on the opening of its new Hermantown location, which was slated to open this spring. The regular spot is still open for business, though, with curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon-7 p.m. Sundays.
502 E. 4th St., 218-725-9000, thekingofcreams.com
The Rambler Food Truck
The Rambler is rolling around earlier than usual this spring to feed people during this coronavirus crisis. The food truck is offering free meals to those who can’t afford them, and owner Jonathan Reznick is also helping donate lunches to health care workers throughout Duluth. Follow The Rambler on social media to keep track of where it’s at — from March 23-27 the truck will be parked on London Road by the Rose Garden from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Social House
This relatively new Hermantown spot is offering its signature BBQ Brisket Benedict to go (as well as the rest of its breakfast and lunch menu). Curbside from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
4897 Miller Trunk Hwy., Hermantown, 218-727-8519, thesocialhousemn.com
Thirsty Pagan Brewing
The Superior brewery is offering a pizza and beer special — a 16-inch pie with a growler fill for $35. Curbside and delivery from noon-8 p.m. daily.
1615 Winter St., Superior, Wis., 715-394-2500, thirstypaganbrewing.com
Grab one of the many grilled sandwiches on this family-owned favorite downtown, which features selections with Brie, Gorgonzola and a host of other options for cheese lovers. Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
220 W. Superior St., 218-722-0915, toastysduluth.com
Uncle Loui’s Cafe
Duluth’s “breakfast all day” joint scaled back its hours with in-person dining on a hiatus, but Uncle Loui’s is still serving its full menu of omelets, pancakes, French toast and more. Curbside from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. daily.
520 E. 4th St., 218-727-4518, unclelouiscafe.com
Ursa Minor Brewing
Look to Lincoln Park for a tried-and-true pizza-beer combo. Ursa Minor will run their wood-fired pies and brews out to your car, and they’ll even deliver crowlers to homes in a handful of Duluth ZIP codes (check which ones online). Curbside from noon-8 p.m. daily.
2415 W. Superior St., 218-481-7886, ursaminorbrewing.com
Va Bene Caffe
The little lakeside Italian eatery is boxing up its homemade pasta and panini. Curbside from noon-8 p.m. daily.
734 E. Superior St., 218-722-1518, vabenecaffe.com
Vanilla Bean Restaurant
Imagine brunch from the comfort of your couch — pick up pancakes, crêpes, eggs Benedict or a non-breakfast option from either the Duluth or Two Harbors locations. Curbside and delivery from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.
1608 Woodland Ave., 218-249-1957; 812 7th Ave., Two Harbors, 218-834-3714, thevanillabean.com
Another taste of Italy in the Northland — pick up a Neopolitan-style pizza to eat at your kitchen table. Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
307 Canal Park Dr., 218-727-2226, vittapizza.com
Wussow’s Concert Cafe
Using croissants from Duluth’s Best Bread and a slew of ingredients from local menus, the West Duluth coffee shop has a rotating daily menu of sandwiches, sweets and other specials. Curbside pickup at the makeshift drive-through window from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.
324 N. Central Ave., 218-624-5957, wussows.com
Yellow Bike Coffee
The Hermantown shop’s drive-through is still open for business, serving coffee, scones, cookies and lunches. Owner Shannon Cornelius is also helping The Rambler’s Reznick drop off goodies for health care workers and emergency responders around town. Curbside and delivery from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.
5094 Miller Trunk Hwy., Hermantown, 218-206-7047, yellowbike.coffee
7 West TapHouse
Pick from a wide-ranging burger menu, or go for the pizza. Lots of good pub food options. The downtown Duluth, Miller Hill Mall and Superior locations are all offering 15% discounts to health care workers and emergency responders. Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
7 W. Superior St., 218-727-2494; 2510 Maple Grove Road, 218-464-1879; 1319 Tower Ave., Superior, Wis., 715-718-0302, 7westtaphouse.com