SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — As Ohio restaurants prepare to reopen for indoor dining May 21, Eddie Merlot’s is just getting back on its feet for curbside pickup.
The Sycamore Township steakhouse was closed for weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“For us, it’s been tough," said General Manager Tony Bassano. “We’ve been furloughed, and we came back. There’s been a lot of hard work from our team members’ point of view.”
Finally able to reopen for curbside pickup Tuesday, the restaurant now is offering fine dining direct from its kitchen to customers' homes.
“We’ll have everything from our Eddie Merlot’s potatoes, prime beef, meal kits for four to two people, as well as our Eddie Merlot’s favorites like the pot stickers, carrot cake and shrimp cocktail,” Bassano said.
Not only is it offering curbside pickup of all these items, Eddie Merlot’s also offers butcher shop prime steaks. There’s a deal for customers, too: All items are offered at a discounted rate and wine is 40% off.
Bassano said his staff has spent weeks preparing to offer the curbside meals, and they’re getting ready to open dine-in service next week, as well.
“We’re still able to provide the safety for our guests that walk through the doors and still create a great ambiance and a great experience the Eddie Merlot’s way,” Bassano said.
Even with the dining room open, Bassano said the curbside pickup will still be available because he sees it as the "new normal" for operations.
"It's not going to go away, and I think that’s kind of the evolution of the business,” Bassano said.
To get a meal from Eddie Merlot's, call to place an order from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with pickup available 3-8 p.m. weekdays and noon to 8 p.m. on Saturdays.
For a list of all restaurants open now in the Tri-State for takeout and delivery, check out this map here.