One-stop shopping and curbside as well.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
April 15, 2020
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City Grocery Meal
Credit: Robbie Caponetto

As we all hunker down at home as much as possible amid the coronavirus crisis, we're all looking forward to the day when we can return to our favorite restaurants. Across the country, these beacons of hospitality and sustenance are doing what they can to stay afloat.

Sometimes, that means getting creative and providing customers with new options to meet changing needs in the current climate. For Chef John Currence's City Grocery Restaurant Group in Oxford, Mississippi, that means expanding their menus to offer essentials like toilet paper and hand sanitizer and grocery staples like rice, black eyes peas, and grits, all via curbside pickup. In light of the pandemic, restaurants City Grocery, Snackbar, and Big Bad Breakfast are offering a single menu with pick up at Big Bad Breakfast at 719 North Lamar. Breakfast and lunch service is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner service is from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the menu features a mix of beloved offerings from all the restaurants. See the menus here. To place your order, customers can call 662-236-2666.

Currently, gratuities for all curbside pickup orders and proceeds from all gift card purchases go directly to their employee relief fund. You can also donate directly to their employee relief fund on Venmo @CityGrocery-RestaurantGroup.

Beyond feeding hungry customers, Currence is also going to great lengths to support those in need in his community. The chef has founded the Move On Up Mississippi nonprofit to provide direct aid to those in the Oxford community who have lost their jobs as a result of coronavirus, or who get diagnosed with it and need essentials delivered to them. Along with his team, Currence is creating boxes with a week's worth of toilet paper, snacks, seven meals for four, paper towels, and hand sanitizer. Those in need of assistance can apply online here.

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We commend Currence's efforts to help all those out during this trying chapter in history. We can't wait to toast his generosity on the wonderful day when we can dine at his restaurants in person.