As many New Orleans restaurants are fighting to survive, Rouses Markets launches a new program to help support local eateries impacted by the coronavirus crisis.
Select Rouses Markets in New Orleans and Thibodaux will now sell meals-to-go prepared by some of customers’ favorite restaurants in their stores, Rouses’ chief executive officer Donny Rouse announced.
Starting TODAY you can get Saba Restaurant Hummus & Pita, and Commander's Palace Turtle Soup and Grits & Grillades…
“We are one food community, and much as we can, we will support each other during these difficult times,” Rouse said.
Rouses launched the test program on Friday, March 20. Rouses said restaurants will keep the profit from the sales.
“Our customers visit our stores for lunch or dinner, not just for groceries. This gives restaurants another way to sell takeout, and our customers another way to support some of their favorite restaurants and chefs,” Rouse said.
Some items offered are Chef Tory McPhail’s Turtle Soup and Grits & Grillades from Commander’s Palace, and pita and hummus prepared by Chef of Alon Shaya of Saba at Rouses Market in downtown New Orleans, 701 Baronne Street.
Plate meals from Big Mike’s BBQ are available at the Rouses Market in Thibodaux, 204 North Canal Boulevard, including fried catfish today for Lent.
Frank Brightsen will begin selling at Rouses Market on Tchoupitoulas in Uptown New Orleans in the coming days.
Bread from Bywater Bakery will be available at two New Orleans locations to be announced.
Rouse said stores are also trying to help purchase inventory from local restaurants seeing a surplus due to the shutdown.
“We purchased a large quantity of USDA Prime Beef steaks from Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse. They will soon be in our stores,” Rouse said.
For those in the hospitality industry who find themselves temporarily out of work, Rouses is hiring, and has immediate openings available. “I encourage you to apply,” said Rouse. “We will teach you the grocery business.”
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