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Coronavirus: ABLE relaxes rules for booze delivery

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Beer, wine and liquor can now be delivered to your door through April 17. [Oklahoman Archives]
Beer, wine and liquor can now be delivered to your door through April 17. [Oklahoman Archives]


Folks looking to add some spirits to their quarantine got a boost yesterday when the Oklahoma ABLE Commision adjusted its temporary rules for delivery.

Through April 17, restaurants carrying the proper licenses can now deliver sealed beer and wine, same with grocery and convenience stores.

Liquor stores can also deliver now. Local brewers and winemakers can deliver their own products.

Payment can’t be made online or through third-party delivery services. Vendors can take payment over the phone or by mobile device on delivery. 

It’s great news for restaurants looking for ways to keep their businesses afloat.

Nobody is outhustling Rococo chef/owner Bruce Rinehart who is posting daily video updates on social media, even enlisting his boys Will and Brak to deliver messages.

Now Rinehart has entered a partnership with Homeland stores to offer prepared meals at five local stores.

“We’re hoping to be in 9 stores next week,” Rinehart said.

Right now you can find a variety of Rococo favorites at Homeland stores at 1151 N Bryant Ave. in Edmond; 7001 NW 122 St.; 9225 N May Ave.; 1108 NW 18th St.; and 2400 Cornwall Dr. in Yukon.

Rinehart said they’re starting with clam chowder and salads, meatballs, lasagna, and plant-based options. He said they will rotate and adjust menu options according to demand.

While Rinehart lands in grocery stores, those stores are gearing up for the long haul.

Grocery store shelves emptied by weekend’s end, making staple items like flour nearly impossible to find. Same with sugar and boxed foods like toaster pastries.

One grocer told me he wasn’t concerned about fresh produce or proteins, but did say supply for things like hot pockets and other snack foods might shrink faster than people want.

Meanwhile, with no end to business in sight for grocers, safety of staff is taking priority. Crest stores have posted protocols for shoppers at their stores. Super Cao Nguyen began installing glass between guests and checkers with floor stickers to indicate where to stand.

“If we’re going to halt the spread of this virus, we have to take these precautions seriously.”

When you think of grocery shopping, don’t automatically think of big grocers.

Janet McDonald and Cindy Utecht of Gourmet Gallery are operating in Edmond and now offer delivery and curbside service. Gourmet Gallery offers prepared meals from Prairie Gypsies and a variety of boxed and fresh goods. The store is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 715-3663 or click here.

Same goes for The Oil Tree, which is delivering withing three miles, details here.

Both Urban Agrarian stores are open and taking take call-in orders. Owners posted this on social media:

We’re going to do your grocery shopping for you. This step felt increasingly necessary to keep both you and our team safe and healthy.

Here’s how it works:

Call us and let us know when you want to come in (give us at least an hour if you can): 405-231-1919

Tell us what you want - a reminder list of popular items is below, and we’re happy to tell you what specialty and seasonal items we have in stock.

We’ll pack your groceries (while wearing gloves) and keep them cold.

Call us when you arrive. We’ll take payment by card over the phone and bring your order out to your car.

Maybe you feel unsure about someone else choosing your tomatoes, but remember: we’re experts. And you can tell us things like,”one big one and one small one,” or “a little less ripe, please.” We understand.

Learn more here

I’ll have much more about how grocers are preparing for life in the time of coronavirus this week.

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Beer, wine and liquor can now be delivered to your door through April 17. [Oklahoman Archives]

Beer, wine and liquor can now be delivered to your door through April 17. [Oklahoman Archives]

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