Grana has opened its doors amid the coronavirus outbreak. GRAPHIC BY HENRI HOLLIS/PHOTOS COURTESY OF GRANA

Grana opens for takeout amid coronavirus shutdown and more dining news from the week

Opening a restaurant is difficult even in the best of times, but our current times are sub-optimal, to put it mildly. That hasn’t stopped chef Pat Pascarella from “opening” his new restaurant, Grana, to the public for takeout ordering and pasta meal kits.

"Our entire team has been very excited about this opening due to the buzz in the neighborhood surrounding Grana,” said Pascarella in a prepared statement. “We all talked about it and agreed that we should open the doors and offer daily, food pick-up during this current time. While this may not be our opening menu, we have a large offering of menu options and will make it easy for those who are currently at home and not going out."

Grana opened in Piedmont Heights on Thursday, March 19, and will have takeout available 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. for the next few weeks. For more information, check out Grana’s website and follow their Instagram for updates.

More dining news from the week:

The coronavirus pandemic and resulting government response has forced restaurants to adapt to new market conditions in an extremely short time frame. Some restaurants have chosen to temporarily close, while others are modifying their service to offer delivery, takeout and curbside pickup. Some, like Hampton + Hudson, are even transforming into retail markets. Over the course of the week, we’ve continually updated a list of restaurants that have closed or signficantly changed their service models. Check back often for our growing list of restaurant statuses.

Despite the fact that restaurants have been among the hardest-hit businesses by the COVID-19 outbreak, many are finding ways to support their immediate communities. Read more here about the charitable efforts of Atlanta restaurants in the face of a crisis that has so deeply affected all of us.

While restaurants have already felt the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, you would be hard-pressed to find a group that experienced more drastic losses than caterers. Read here for our report on how the catering industry has been blindsided by the pandemic and resulting bans on public gatherings.

Breweries are feeling the pinch from the shutdown as well. While many of the larger breweries have retail sales that may see increases as customers stay home, the wholesale restaurant side of their business has gone into hibernation. Smaller craft beer makers and on-premise breweries who rely on visitors to their taprooms are suffering the same slowdown as restaurants. There could be some relief from the Atlanta Mayor’s temporary regulation to allow takeout sales of alcohol, enacted earlier this week. Read more here to see how different Georgia breweries are handling the crisis.

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