Join the staff at Tap Room at Dubsdread for a free Covid-19 test

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It has become de rigueur for restaurant owners to post their Covid-19 policies to assure the dining public of all the steps they’re taking to keep their staff and customers safe. Standard bullet points include requiring masks, gloves for staff, distancing between tables, frequent sanitation of touch points, and taking the temperature of all employees prior to their shift.

Steve Gunter, owner of the Tap Room at Dubsdread, is taking another proactive step: He’s testing every staff member once a week – at no cost to the employee – and he’s inviting members of the public to come in for a free test, too.

Tests are conducted in the ballroom at Dubsdread Monday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. Tests for the public are on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are required and can be made at this link. Gunter said the company administering the tests can handle 300 people.

The medical company, Alliance of Physicians Against Covid-19 (APAC), offers tests for both the presence of Covid-19 with a throat swab (instead of the more invasive nose swab) and for coronavirus antibodies, using a finger prick.

Gunter says Covid-19 test results have been coming back reliably within 72 hours and often as quickly as 48 hours. Antibody results are promised in 24 hours but have been ready in 12 to 15 hours, he said. Samples are tested using area hospitals and labs.

A free test for the virus, results faster than the state is promising, and a cocktail and good food at the Tap Room after. Win, win, win.

Newsy Nuggets: Food on TV, chicken-wing lasagna, and local food to the NBA

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A couple of local restaurants are getting some national exposure. Last Friday, Git-N-Messy, a barbecue joint that operates out of a gas station, was on Live with Kelly and Ryan. Pitmaster/owner Chuck Cobb demonstrated his Southern poutine dish with pulled pork, coleslaw, cheese sauce and barbecue sauce on top of beer-battered fries.

Wed., July 29, Teak Neighborhood Grill will be on the Cooking Channel’s “Food Paradise.” The episode will focus on secret menus and Teak’s list of 37 burgers that can only be ordered if customers know a secret password. For me, the operative word there is pass. The episode will air at 9 p.m.

The 29th is also both National Lasagna Day and National Chicken Wing Day, and I’m begging chefs not to try to get fancy and combine the two into one dish.

Knife & Spoon, the much anticipated new restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, is now aiming for a Sept. 1 debut.

Craft beer brewers see a cloudy future

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Brewers logoThe Florida Brewers Guild has sent a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis and Halsey Beshears, Department of Business and Professional Regulation secretary, asking for their help in putting together a plan that would allow more craft brewers to reopen. According to the letter, most of the 320 small brewers are offering their products only for takeout after the governor shut down on-premise consumption in bars in response to a surge in Covid-19 cases. Some brewpubs that serve food are allowed to remain open with limited occupancy, as are most restaurants.

The letter, signed simply “All members of the Florida Craft Brewing Industry,” states that more than 100 brewers will close within two weeks and approximately 3000 people will lose their jobs.

Sean Nordquist, executive director of the Florida Brewers Guild, said the two-week time frame represents the current mandate for bars to be closed to on-premise consumption, and the number of businesses that will close is an estimate based on internal polling and observations of what’s happening to brewers in other states.

He said the organization has not had a response from the governor or the secretary but he was sure they were aware of the letter.