The Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)

The Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)

Local businesses alter hours, services for residents

Alaska’s small business economy was thrown into upheaval when Gov. Mike Dunleavy released a mandate that closed all food and drink establishments across the state to dine-in service in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

“All bars, breweries, restaurants, food and beverage kiosks or trucks, and other establishments serving food or beverages,” had to stop their dine-in service effective 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, according to the mandate.

In the hopes of staying afloat, many establishments are remaining open by offering take out, drive through and delivery options.

The following is a list of local Homer businesses that have closed or altered their hours or services, including food and drink establishments that are offering alternative options to order food.

To add your closed business or altered hours of operation to this list, email mpacer@homernews.com.

Grocery stores

Carrs Safeway stores across Alaska, including in Homer, have announced reserved hours in the morning for at-risk shoppers such as senior citizens, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems.

Reserved hours at Safeway are from 7-9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Locally, the Homer Safeway has reduced its hours of operation to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Save-U-More in Homer also has instituted reserved hours for seniors age 60 and older from 7-8 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Food/drink establishments

Alibi Bar & Cafe: Open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday for take out orders and delivery options. Alibi will subsidize delivery service with the help of local cabs but encourages take-out orders. Call 907-235-9199.

Alice’s Champagne Palace: Closed until further notice.

Portside Coffee Company: Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends for drive through service. Call ahead for food or drinks at 907-252-0884.

Duncan House Diner: Open for takeout orders from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call to place an order for curbside pickup at 907-235-5344. Staff have placed orange cones to designate a pickup location. Children’s sack lunches are available for those kids in need that the KPBSD pickup policy does not work for. These lunches are available for Monday pickup from 7-9 a.m. for a week’s worth of lunches. Children do not need to be present. Staff do ask for you to contact them via Facebook Messenger so they can have enough sack lunches available.

Duncan House will offer delivery with a minimum $25 order for those in town, delivered by Cole’s Cab. This offer is not available for takeout orders. Duncan House will pay a subsidy to cover part of the delivery based on your order total. A typical in town delivery is $5. For out of town deliveries, the restaurant is offering a tier of savings options: Save $5 on a $25 food order, save $10 on a $50 order, save $15 on a $75 order and save $20 on a $100 order.

The Chart Room Restaurant, Land’s End Resort: Open for takeout and room service orders from noon to 8 p.m. seven days a week. The Espresso and Gift Shop remain open to the public from 7 a.m. to noon seven days a week with limited grab-and-go breakfast items and espresso beverages. Call 907-235-0406 to check item availability.

Boss Hogz: Open for takeout orders from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 907-235-5555. Curbside pickup is available, as is taxi delivery for $10. Boss Hogz will accept payment over the phone.

AJ’s OldTown Steakhouse: Open seven days a week for takeout orders from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m. Call 907-235-9949 to place an order. The restaurant asks patrons to call that number when they arrive to pick up orders and to be patient if asked to wait in their vehicle.

Pho and Thai: Open for takeout orders from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday. Call 907-435-3991.

Mike’s Alaskan Eatery: Open for takeout orders from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m every day, except Tuesday. Order and pay online at mikesalaskaneatery.com. You will be given a pickup time when you order online and will receive a message when your food is ready — or, set a specific pickup time.

Don Jose’s: Open for curbside pickup orders from noon to 7 p.m. daily. Delivery will be available from 4-7:30 p.m. Call 907-235-7963. View the menu online at alaskadonjoses.com.

Fat Olive’s Restaurant: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for curbside pickup. Call 907-235-8488 and view the menu online at fatoliveshomer.com.

Beluga Lake Lodge Bar and Grill: Open for takeout service daily from noon to 7 p.m. Call 907-435-0697.

Wild Honey Bistro: Open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for pickup orders and delivery orders. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Free delivery is being offered for those within a 3-mile radius of Wild Honey Bistro, and the restaurant will deliver up to a 10-mile radius for an additional $5. The order must be a minimum of $25. Call 907-435-7635.

Latitude 59: Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for take out only. Call in to order at 907-435-0909 and it will be taken out to your car. Payments can be taken over the phone.

The Tickled Pear: Offering tamale delivery service from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Orders are made the same day and delivered the following day, to locations up to a 5-mile radius from Paul Banks Elementary School. Delivery with a $5 fee is available up to 10 miles away. Tamales are $2 each, with free delivery on orders of one dozen or more. Call 402-269-0275.

Retail stores

NOMAR: Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday-Sunday. NOMAR is processing orders online at nomaralaska.com. The building is locked. Call 907-235-8363 and staff will let you in for shopping.

Salt and Pine: The store will not be open for walk-in shopping. However, customers are welcome to call, text, email, or order desired items online. Local orders of $50 or less are available for curbside pickup Wednesday-Saturday from noon 6 p.m. Local city of Homer orders of $50 or more can be scheduled for free local delivery Thursday-Saturday. Virtual shopping via Facetime and private store shopping appointments are also available by appointment. For more information, customers can visit social channels @saltandpineak, our website saltandpineonline.com, email info@saltandpineonline.com or call/text 480-244-6684.

Captain’s Toy Chest: Closing.

Ulmer’s Drug and Hardware: Ulmer’s is offering a delivery service for pharmacy patients between McNeil Canyon Elementary School out East End Road and Chapman School in Anchor Point. If you live beyond those areas, you can arrange for pickup in the parking lots of those schools at prearranged times. Call 907-235-7760 to schedule this delivery service.

Lotus Lounge Nail Studio: Open on a day to day to day basis and by appointment only. The studio is under limited hours and will accept appointments from noon to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Anyone with symptoms of an illness is asked to delay or reschedule their appointment. Those canceling appointments are asked to give 24 hours notice. Call 907-299-3154.

Homer Art & Frame: Open with the same hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Customers can call ahead at (907) 435-3999 to have their order assembled for fast pick up. Staff can take payments over the phone.

The Homer Bookstore: Staffed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday to take book requests via phone at 235-7496. Or, leave a message, or make book requests via email at homerbookstore@ak.net. Payments can be taken over the phone. Staff will bag books for curbside pickup or from the front porch. Delivery in town is also available for those sheltering in place. Staff can also mail books to you, family or friends. And we can mail books to you, or you family and friends. Offering $5 shipping for orders up to $25, half the cost of shipping for orders $25-$100, and free shipping for orders over $100. Applies to all U.S addresses. Staff is happy to suggest books via phone and will be posting to social media more. Online ordering and texting options are in the works—please be patient.

Grace Ridge Brewery: Open Thursday-Saturday from 3-6 p.m. for call in orders at 435-0601 with front door pickup.

Scott’s Family Pharmacy: Open normal hours, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and closed Sunday. The drive-thu is a good way to maintain social distancing. Staff are happy to get any items needed from the store at the drive thru as well. The pharmacy is starting a free delivery service for prescriptions. People can call to schedule delivery and get info 907-226-2580.

The Detail Guy (Mobile Vehicle Detailing): 907-299-4998. Delaying opening this year from April 1 to May 4.

Reach Megan Pacer at mpacer@homernews.com.

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