The Walters family

The Walters family, left to right, Jeff, Kelly, Zack and Nick, report a random act of kindness: a Jimmy John’s customer recently left a  $125 tip.

Acts of kindness are especially appreciated in these challenging times …

Those who opened a business in the last few months might be wondering, “What was I thinking?!”

Imagine the Walters family. A few months ago, Jeff, Kelly, Zack and Nick opened not one but two Jimmy John’s  franchises in Glendale, at 7708 W. Bell Road and 18589 N. 59th Avenue.

“We have had our ups and downs,” said Jeff Walters. “Nothing could have prepared us or our employees for the times we are currently facing. 

“We consider our employees an extension of our family and it troubles us when they are struggling. Like many other small businesses, we have had to scale back on employee shifts and hours. We have asked for relief from the bank that services our small business loan as well as our landlord in order for us to survive during these difficult times. My sons and wife are working for no salary so we can make it through.”

When a man came in and ordered three sandwiches at the 59th Avenue location, that was nice. 

But, wait, there was more — plenty more:

“Before he exited our restaurant, he left a $125 tip for the workers to help them in their time of need,” Walters said.

“It is those acts of kindness that make me proud to be in this community especially when the news cycle of the day is primarily negative ranging from the virus to people hoarding supplies.

“We will all get through this if we band together and help each other out in times of need.”

The tough times for restaurants went to another level last weekend.

By order of Gov. Doug Ducey, as of Saturday, March 21, there will be no more dine-in eating at restaurants and bars in Maricopa County.

The move is temporary, aimed at helping slow the spread of COVID-19.

It should be noted that Ducey was not closing restaurants. He stated in his Thursday, March 19 order, restaurants should “provide dine-out options only.”

Some good news in the announcement: “To assist in mitigating the financial consequences of restaurant closures, the executive order also allows restaurants to deliver alcoholic beverages with the purchase of food.”

Many West Valley restaurants remain open, providing curbside and in-store pickup, as well as delivery.

The Walters family was ready: “We already implemented a to-go, curbside pickup and delivery only model earlier this week based upon  the recommendations of the CDC. In addition, we implemented a ‘no-contact delivery’ where we drop off at the door. We have limited the number of staff on a given shift.  In addition, we have re-emphasized our good hygiene standards, cleaning protocols and enhanced procedures at the restaurant.”

Other restaurants that are staying open with takeout, curbside and/or delivery:

Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill,

6070 W. Bell Road, 602-547-9366.

As a Facebook post urged, “Call 602-547-9366 and place your take-out orders starting 10:30 a.m. to  9 p.m. each day. We will be doing food, liquor and beer take out all day each day.”

Tailgaters, with a staggering selection of beers, is also offering growlers to go.

Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 5670 W. Peoria Avenue; 623-979-3500.

It’s not just about the burros and enchiladas — the Mexican drinks experience also continues here.

“Margaritas, sangria and cerveza now available for takeout,” said a post Saturday.

Fuego Bar and Grill,

9118 W. Van Buren Street, Tolleson;

623-478-7300.

This place is still open, and looking for those who want the real deal: “Who is ready for some menudo?”

Fuego’s full menu, beer and mixed drinks are available for pick up and curbside.

Oscar’s Taco Shop,

5350 W. Bell Road, Surprise;

623-214-2112.

After recently celebrating its grand opening, Oscar’s remains open for takeout. Oscar’s also uses DoorDash for delivery service.

Wow Wow Lemonade,

9455 W. Glendale Avenue,  No. 120, Westgate Entertainment District; 623-248-9472

“Mahalo to all of you who are supporting our local stands with take out!” crowed a WWL post on Sunday. “We are ensuring each stand is taking necessary precautions when preparing your items, proper cleaning and sanitation, and continuing to promote #socialdistancing by way of online ordering and phone orders.”

Bar Louie, Fresh Healthy Cafe, Jersey Mike’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, the Yard House and several other Westgate restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery.

For more information or to order, visit westgateaz.com/takeout

 

This list will continue next week. Email your favorite restaurant remaining open to tscanlon@timespublications.com.