COVID-19 has brought with it a new way of life, and for local businesses it’s meant a rapid adaptation to a new set of rules in order to survive.
The Driftwood Café owner Ty Simon says when it became apparent changes were coming, the team was determined to stay open as long as possible to ensure full-time staff were kept on.
“Very quickly we turned a busy café into a small shop and take-away only restaurant,” Ty says. “We are now open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm. Home deliveries are offered for lunch and dinner with free delivery on orders over $40.”
With an adapted menu featuring classics such as bacon & avo, arancini and the harvest bowl to more hearty dishes including lamb shank, burgers and a huge range of pastas, there is something to please every taste.
A new breakfast “to go” menu features a large selection of wraps and rolls to eat on your way to work, on your morning walk or to take back home to the family.
“If making the evening meal less of a chore is what you are after, a range of ready meals like pasta sauces, stews and curries that just need pasta, potatoes or rice are perfect for these wintery nights,” Ty says.
“For those with a sweet tooth, there are four packs of sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and brownie with berry coulis that come with ice-cream too!”
The Driftwood shop offers free-range eggs, La Madre bread, coffee (beans and ground), specialty milks, basic grocery items, toiletries, cleaning products and a selection of sweets and lollies.
For those looking for something to do with the kids at home, The Driftwood is about to introduce home cooking kits. The kits, for muffins or American style pancakes, come complete with all of the ingredients and a recipe to ensure the little ones are occupied and well fed.
“While we’re expecting to be trading under the current restrictions for some time yet, we are very keen to re-open at the first opportunity and welcome back our wonderful locals to sit down and enjoy a coffee or meal with a proper cup, crockery and cutlery – just like the good old days,” Ty says.
Driftwood Café, 64D The Terrace, Ocean Grove. Opens 8am-8pm daily. Inquiries: 5255 1832 or visit www.thedriftwoodcafe.com.au