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Local restaurants adjust to business in a new world

Sawyer's Dairy Bar is open for the season, offering takeout and outdoor dining while its sign advises customers to continue social distancing. Sawyer's and other Gilford eateries are adapting to life during the pandemic. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
May 28, 2020
Gilford restaurants are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, many offering takeout while quite a few now have outdoor dining available.

Since May 18, restaurants in the state have been able to open for outdoor dining under certain conditions. According to their different webpages, several restaurants in town have already been offering takeout while a few are now going to outdoor dining. Some have been closed during the pandemic with plans for reopening.

Country Cook'n At The Lakeside on Old Lakeshore Road opened its deck and has outdoor dining from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. and is also offering take-out. Call 524-3304 for more information. The restaurant's daily specials can be found on their Facebook page.

The Ellacoya Barn & Grill on Lakeshore Road is open from noon-7 p.m. with outdoor seating available. People are asked to make a reservation by calling 293-8700. The restaurant is also offering a schedule of entertainment in the dining area.

The Ellacoya Barn & Grille is offering free meals for those in need every Thursday. People can get drive-through pickup of meals at the Meredith Community Center at 1 Circle Dr. in Meredith.

Gilford House of Pizza in the Airport Plaza is still offering take-out and delivery; visit the Web site at gilfordhouseofpizza.com for the menu.

"Due to the Coronavirus, we are trying our hardest to keep our customers happy the best that we can," the restaurant stated on its Web site. "We have an extremely limited number of employees at the moment and they are working very hard to get your orders ready. Please bear with us and Thank You for understanding."

The Gilford Village Store on Belknap Mountain Road has been closed. It will reopen on June 2 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. with a limited menu and new take-out window.

Kitchen Cravings on Airport Road has been closed. As of press time the restaurant had a sign on its door saying it would reopen on May 26.

The Lyons Den Restaurant & Tavern on Dock Road now has some outdoor seating available; call 293-8833 for reservations. The Lyons Den is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1-7 p.m. The restaurant still has take-out with curbside pickup available, visit lyonsdenrestaurant.com for menus.

Patrick's Pub & Eatery on Weirs Road has outside dining and created a deck area in a section of its parking lot. Call 293-0841 to get on the waitlist. It is still offering curbside pickup and delivery, visit patrickspub.com for the menu and to order online. Patrick's is open Sunday through Thursday from 3-7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 1-8 p.m.

Pizza Express on County Club Road is open for takeout and delivery Monday through Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., though they will be closed each day from 2-4 p.m. For information and specials visit their Facebook page.

Sawyer's Dairy Bar on Lakeshore Road is open Thursday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., weather dependent. Call 293-4422 to confirm closing times. Sawyers is offering its usual take-out window service as well as outdoor dining. The restaurant's website says it hopes to offer online ordering a soon as possible and plans to resume normal operations when the industry reopens.

Schuster's Tavern at the Gunstock Inn on Cherry Valley Road has been closed. According to its Facebook page, Schuster's has been working on its grand reopening with an outside dining area and takeout. The opening was initially scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, but that has been delayed to June 26 "due to unforeseen events."

"Stay tuned for special events and exciting changes!" read Schuster's Facebook page.

This is not an exhaustive list of restaurants, contact an individual business for information.

Martin Lord & Osman
Varney Smith
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