Many Goodyear, Avondale, Buckeye, Litchfield Park and Tolleson restaurants are continuing to feed the community by offering delivery, curbside pickup, takeout and some generous specials.
Nonetheless, it has not been easy for local restaurants.
“I have had to lay off almost 700 people,” said Louis Basile, founder and owner of Wildflower Bread Company, which has 16 locations. “It’s one of the most painful things we’ve ever done.”
Basile said some of the people he had to let go have been working with him since his first restaurant opened 24 years ago.
Sales are down for nearly all local restaurants, including Zeta’s Grill in Avondale.
Sales have dropped to nearly half of what they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, said Amin Sadeck, owner of Zeta’s Grill.
“We probably would have closed,” Sadeck said. “But we need to keep the community happy and do whatever we can to serve their needs.”
Restaurants throughout Avondale and Goodyear are offering discounts on delivery and limited time specials to support the community during these trying times.
“Stay home, be safe, and let us do the hard work for you,” Sadeck said.
Among the restaurants offering specials are:
Abbie Cakes, 5110 N. Dysart Road, Litchfield Park; 602-842-1941; abbiecakesco.com.
“We are no longer taking custom-cake/dessert inquiries until further notice,” said Zach Crotty, manager and part owner. But Abbie Cakes is still open for “daily fresh-baked goods and coffee. So we’ve felt it from the custom side, yet the community has been so supportive these past few weeks as far as coming into the shop.”
Delivery is also available (in a limited radius), with takeout and curbside pickup for phone orders.
“Staffing hasn’t changed, nor do we hope or anticipate it to change. With the steadiness of the shop, we’re able to remain fully staffed,” Crotty said.
Daily specials are posted on Instagram and Facebook. “For those who don’t have social media, they may call the shop and a team member will review our offerings that day.”
Wildflower Bread Company, 1380 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear; 623-935-1131; wildflowerbread.com.
On the Wildflower Bread Company app, guests can receive multiple loyalty rewards, including $5 off their first order
Also, with every $100 gift card purchase, Wildflower donates a $25 gift card to a nurse, doctor or first responder.
Wildflower is offering social media contests, where participants can earn a $25 gift card by sharing an inspirational quote. And there’s free delivery for any Wildflower order purchased on DoorDash or Uber Eats.
Zeta’s Grill, 2935 N. Dysart Road, Avondale; 623-547-4612; zetagrill.com.
For a limited time Zeta’s is offering free delivery, 10% off most orders, and 15% off orders for all health care workers.
Zeta’s Grill also offers different daily specials throughout the week—including a New York strip covered in a mushroom cream sauce—with a choice of salad or any side.
Flavors of Louisiana, 13025 W. Rancho Santa Fe Boulevard, Avondale;623- 935-2357; flavorsoflouisianacajun.com.
With only one person at the front of the store and two people in the kitchen, Flavors of Louisiana is offering $5 delivery and free kids meals, said Jennifer Goff, owner.
With any purchase, guests can receive a free kids meal with chicken strips, tilapia, catfish, corn dog or a Po Boy.
On Wednesdays, Flavors of Louisanna offers up to 20% off for members of the military.
“We are so thankful for all our loyal customers who have supported our business in these unprecedented times. Together, we will make it and be better than ever. We pray everyone stays happy and healthy. God bless and keep each of you,” Goff said.
Eric’s Family Barbecue,12345 W. Indian School Road, Avondale; 623-535-0993
Eric’s Family Barbecue owners are working nearly 20 hours a day and are offering customers up to 40% off certain preorders.
“If a customer preorders with at least two days in advance notice, we mark off about $25 to $45,” said Casie Garcia, co-owner of Eric’s Family Barbecue.
Also, Eric’s just introduced a cheeseburger to its menu that guests can enjoy for only $6.99.
“Even through difficult and challenging times, our community stays together and is very supportive. We will come out stronger when all this is over,” Garcia said.
Bella Luna Ristorante, 14175 W. Indian School Road, Goodyear; 623-535-4642; htbellalunaaz.com.
Operating for over 21 years in Goodyear, Bella Luna is offering limited-time specials for its loyal customers, said Sam Billelo, owner of Bella Luna Ristorante.
With any order of delivery or takeout, guests will receive a coupon book with exclusive discounts on some of its most popular dishes.
“Everybody hang tight, pull together, this will be over soon and we will build stronger than ever,” Billelo said.
At his other restaurant, Sal’s Tuscan Grill, 13291 W. McDowell Road, Goodyear; 623-935-7257; salstuscangrillmenu.com, Billelo is offering 12 wings and a large two-topping pizza for the price of $24 or a medium, two-topping pizza for $7.99.