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As the world struggles to redefine normalcy, industries throughout the country have found ways of innovating to remain relevant. A few weeks ago, we told you how brewers and the various associations that support us have found ways of doing exactly that. 

However, the COVID crisis has hit restaurants and bars particularly hard, with many of them throughout the area closing their doors, perhaps for good. The servers and bartenders there have suddenly found themselves out of a job, and it may be years before the industry truly recovers. 

Luckily, a few of them have found ways of restructuring their businesses in an attempt to keep their doors open and keep as many folks as possible working and productive.

This week, we want to send a shout out to a few of those bars and restaurants that have found new ways to keep their customers pleased and happy. While this list is by no means exhaustive, we hope that, if you’re near these places, that you give them your patronage during this difficult time.

Cinder Bar — Williamstown

Out in Williamstown, Cinder Bar at 410 Berlin Cross Keys Road is doing curbside pickup, and they’re running an awesome deal: two margherita pizzas and a 64oz growler for $35! And, since they’ve got a permanent line of Cape May IPA, you can get your Cape May draft fix, too.

This past weekend, they ran Rock for Restaurant Relief: a fundraiser providing a hot meal from local restaurants to first responders throughout the area. All weekend long, they were livestreaming some of the area’s biggest bands on their Facebook page. Their GoFundMe reached its goal of $10,000, but you can still donate!

5 West Pub — North Cape May

We wrote a blog on 5 West Pub back in the early days of the Spotlight On… series, and this spot at ​3729 Bayshore Road has been killing it on social media lately.

Not only did they jump on the delivery bandwagon pretty quickly, but they post their daily specials on their Facebook page, with a crazy graphic. If you “like” the post, they’ll randomly select one person the following day to be featured on their delivery graphic and you get a free pizza!

Congratulations Paul H Jr! (please tag him if you know him!)You are on today's 5 West Pub Truck and won a FREE…

Posted by 5 West Pub on Thursday, April 9, 2020

Pint — Jersey City

You’ll find Pint at the corner of Wayne and Grove Streets in Jersey City, and they’re famous for their American craft beer. 

While they don’t serve food, they’ve managed to keep relevant by moving their Tuesday night Bearly Bingo and Thursday night trivia games online!

Byrne’s Tavern — Philadelphia

At 3301 Richmond St in Philadelphia, Byrne’s Tavern in the “Friendly Port Richmond” section of town, is doing full-dinner takeout options, curbside pickup, and they recently began doing growler fills! Luckily, you can find Cape May IPA on tap there, continuously.

Call ahead for curb side pick up! Don’t forget your 6 packs 🍻 and desserts 🍰🥜🍫! We have cheesecake and Reese peanut butter pie!!! 👅💦

Posted by Byrne’s Tavern on Thursday, April 2, 2020

Blu Alehouse — Riverdale

We covered Blu Alehouse on the blog before: great atmosphere, great staff, and a killer menu including a burger on a mac and cheese bun. They’ve got their menu available for curbside pickup and delivery, and you can get a growler fill in a Cape May Brew Co. growler!

With three offerings from Cape May Brewing Co, including Cape May IPA, Cape May White, and King Porter Stomp, you’re sure to get a growler of something you love!

Beer Growlers for pickup! Grab your favorite beer on tap and enjoy at home! Starting at $10! Call now to place your…

Posted by blu alehouse on Sunday, March 22, 2020

The Pond — Rehoboth

The Pond, at 3 South First Street in Rehoboth, is doing curbside carry out on all orders. They’ve currently cut back on their menu, but what they’ve kept will be enough for anyone.

Happy Wednesday! The sun is shining, birds are chirping, plants are growing… mother nature continues….Below is…

Posted by The Pond Rehoboth on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

In addition, they’ve been livestreaming some of the bands they’ve had scheduled on their Facebook page, including Wheezing the Juice and 2nd Time Around. Friday night, you’ll be able to catch Lower Case Blues.

They’re also trying to bring a little happiness — and a hot meal — to all 2,900 employees at Beebe Healthcare, the network serving Southern Delaware. You can get all of the details in the post below, but they’re asking for donations of $25 gift cards. And, if you purchase four, The Pond will donate one! You can donate here.


Posted by The Pond Rehoboth on Sunday, April 5, 2020

Val’s Tavern — Rumson

At 123 E River Rd in Rumson, Val’s Tavern immediately began offering make-your-own pizza kits for $12! Fun for the whole family, the kits include dough, sauce, cheese, and seasonings.

Val's is now offering Pizza Kits for $12! Adorable DIY kits now available! #schoolprojectsdone#supportlocalbusiness#stayhome#familytime#flattenthecurve

Posted by Val's Tavern on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

You may even catch Kevin livestreaming his music during takeout hours!

Barley Mow — Reading

These guys really took no-contact takeout to another level — they built a takeout window onto the side of the building!

“We have a bay window on the side,” owner Peter Starr tells us, “so we turned it into a takeout window. We’ve got a table out there and a couple of signs — we don’t have a kissing booth out there or anything. We did the best that we could with what we have.” 

Barley Mow at 719 Penn Avenue is still offering their full menu — which looks amazing. Check them out if you’re in the area!

Please do what you can to support our accounts near you during this difficult time. Either hit up one of the accounts in this blog or take a look at our Beer Finder to find someone near you. There are many more bars and restaurants than the few we’ve highlighted here that are innovating to keep their local fans happy. Be sure to hit them up!