Elvie’s in Belhaven will temporarily change to an Asian inspired menu. Image: Elvie’s

In the wake of a global pandemic, JXN restaurants are adapting and reinventing the way they do business.

With city-mandated closings of dining rooms, restaurants only serving takeout or curbside pickup are looking to new ways to serve their customers.

Here are a few examples:

Fine & Dandy and Sophomore Spanish Club
Located at The District at Eastover, both restaurants, owned by Miller Hospitality, have changed their concepts temporarily. Both are offering pick-up family meals, adult beverages and grocery items, all while you remain in your car and use their pop-up drive-through. 

Both restaurants are offering an assortment of dairy, produce, bakery and pantry staples to include fresh bread, butter, eggs, flour, rice and more. At Fine & Dandy, order fried or baked chicken, meatloaf, salads and pasta, all sized to feed at least four. Sophomore Spanish Cub lists taco kits, enchilada casseroles and fajita packages, as well as a margarita kit among their ready-to-eat (and drink) items.

Call 601-202-5050 (Fine & Dandy) or 601-203-3333 (Sophomore Spanish Club) to place an order or visit Fine & Dandy’s website or Sophomore Spanish Club’s website to order online.

Newly opened Elvie’s (at Belhaven Town Center) had about a month under their belts before closing temporarily. Now, the Hunter Evans-Cody McCain-owned “all-day café” will pivot to offer an Asian inspired menu this week “with an Elvie’s twist.”

The menu includes Sesame Beef Egg Rolls, Bao Buns, Egg Drop Soup, Mushroom Lo Mein and Fried Rice, among other dishes.

Order here. 20% of all sales will go directly to staff members out-of-work at this time.

Coffee Prose
Four months after the closure of Deep South Pops, Coffee Prose Midtown will offer a selection of house-made popsicles created from Deep South Pops’ recipes. 

Maybe not a “pivot” per se (the deal was in the works before the current situation), the move is well-timed, giving Coffee Prose another unique offering to help drive business.

The initial pop menu includes the Creole cream cheesecake, an Oreos and cream pop, a peach pop and a strawberry and banana pop, among others. 

See the full menu here.  

4th Avenue Lounge
Typically known for their hip nightlife atmosphere, this downtown JXN spot is offering $10 meals in a promotion they are calling “The Lunch Box 601.”

The daily menu changes and includes chicken spaghetti, meatloaf and fried chicken with a side, roll and tea or lemonade. Meals can be picked up from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. curbside. 4th Avenue also says they can deliver to offices or clinics. 

New coffee shop, Native Coffee Co. in Belhaven, will open with curbside pickup only.

Native Coffee Co.
In what may be a first for JXN, a brand-new coffee shop will open – without your being to step foot inside their doors. 

Located in the former Deep South Pops in Belhaven, Native Coffee Co. will open Wednesday, March 25, for curbside/to-go from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. with a mission to “bring quality coffee to quality people.”

Order online, pay and schedule a pickup time. Offerings include brewed and pour-over coffee and lattes, bottled sodas and beer, even biscuits, cookies, muffins and granola. Overby Commercial, Native Coffee Co.’s landlord, has purchased the first 100 12 oz. cups of batch brew coffee as a “thank you” to all of our local healthcare officials at UMMC, Baptist, St. Dominic, Batson Childrens, & the VA to kick off the day. Make your order and show your hospital ID when you arrive.

The Highland Village Mediterranean-inspired eatery is offering make-at-home pizza kits, complete with dough, sauce, toppings (sausage or pepperoni) and cheese. Kits are $28 and come with enough to make four pizzas. Call (601) 714-8989 to order.

Know of another unique “pivot” from business-as-usual in the restaurant community? Drop us a comment.

Check our list of restaurants offering takeout and curbside pickup here.