As our community works together to slow the spread of COVID-19, we are committed to sharing local information to keep the public informed during this time. We will share local business hours, as well as various resources to help those in need. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for these updates, and bookmark this post, which will be updated as information changes.
We have compiled a list of local businesses that you can either support online or by purchasing take-out items during this time. If you have the resources to purchase food or gift items from these vendors right now or to buy a gift card, please do! This is an especially difficult time for our small business owners.
Food & Groceries
In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, Governor Whitmer has issued a ban on dining-in at restaurants and bars throughout the state of Michigan. Our local restaurants will all be closed for dine-in service as of 3 pm on Monday, March 15, but some are still open for takeout! If you are able to support our local restaurants by ordering food-to-go, please do!
As of March 22, the entire state has been issued a “Stay Safe, Stay Home” order, which prohibits residents from leaving their homes other than for work essential to sustain life, to obtain supplies, or for outdoor exercise. Takeout food is still available from the following local restaurants.
Empire Village Inn
The Empire Village Inn, located on M-22 in Empire, will be open daily from 11 am – 8 pm, offering its full menu to-go. They offer pizza, sandwiches, salads, and burgers, along with a variety of sides, and sell growlers of root beer and beer to go. They have opened a pop-up grocery store in the building, carrying many essentials. You can call them at 231-326-5101 to place your order.
Joe’s Friendly Tavern
Joe’s Friendly Tavern, located on Front Street in Empire, will be closed during this time. You can support their sister restaurant, the Empire Village Inn.
Shipwreck Cafe makes fantastic breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and they will remain open 9 am – 2 pm Monday- Saturday. You can access their full menu online and call ahead or order in person. You can call them at 231-835-2580 to place an order.
Art’s Tavern in Glen Arbor will be offering their full menu to-go from 8 am to 9 pm, along with a few daily specials. Check out their Facebook page for updates. They accept cash only and you can call ahead to place your order. Their phone number is 231-334-3754.
Grocer’s Daughter will be closed during this time. They will continue to ship web orders, gift certificates, and wholesale orders unless they are mandated to discontinue shipping. You can order via their website.
Mel & Fell
Additionally, we have put together a list of local resources. We will continue to update this information as more becomes available.
Benzie Area Christian Neighbors
Benzie Area Christian Neighbors (BACN) is providing drive-up food and limited financial help. Please call before you come to notify the staff at 231-882-9544. Food is available from 10 am till 2 pm., and financial assistance is available after 2:30 pm. BACN is also accepting financial and food donations. You can call them for more information, or donate on their website.
Glen Lake Community Library
The Glen Lake Community Library is closed in response to the coronavirus. Their digital collections (including free audiobooks, ebooks, and movies) are accessible 24/7 via their website. A great way to spend your extra time at home!
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
At this time, the National Park is partially open and recommends that all visitors follow precautions to keep from further spreading COVID-19. Campgrounds and restrooms are closed, but trails and beaches remain open for local residents to exercise. The visitor center is closed, but you can access trail maps and information on their mobile apps for Apple or Android. You can read the statement issued by Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes here.
Wishing health to you all. If you’re able, step outside and enjoy a walk on the beach or a hike in the woods. Fresh air is good for us all!