Shasta Judy, managing partner and assistant community leader for Maple Street Biscuit Co. in Alpharetta, said the restaurant franchise has tried to adapt to the closure of its dining rooms due to the COVID-19 outbreak by not only offering curbside pickup and to-go orders, but also launching three programs: the Pantry Project, which began March 19, and Biscuits for Heroes and Neighbors Helping Neighbors, which both launched March 30.
Through the Pantry Project, the restaurant sells items that may be difficult to find in a grocery store right now, Judy said, such as toilet paper, paper towels, frozen meats, pasta noodles, fruit and potatoes. Guests can purchase items through the restaurant's website or call to see which items are in stock and order over the phone, she said.
"That's been able to help our community for people who go to the store and can't find any toilet paper; we're able to help out. It's also helping us be able to stay open because of the sales from it," Judy said. "It allows us to keep our doors open for the community so we can keep doing this."
Judy said Maple Street purchases these items in bulk from the company's supplier, which allows them to sell the items for lower prices.
At the Alpharetta location—one of four Maple Street locations in Georgia—the following items are available:
- spaghetti noodles
- bananas, red grapes and oranges
- Nature Valley granola bars
- Idaho potatoes
- frozen chicken breasts
- four-pack of frozen chuck hamburger patties
- bottled water
- Dawn dish soap
- single toilet paper rolls and single paper towel rolls
- small bars of soap
Additionally, Maple Street Biscuit Co. launched Biscuits for Heroes on March 30, which is a program that allows community members to purchase a box of 10, 20 or 50 meals—totaling $100, $200 or $500, respectively—for a hospital, medical facility or first response unit of their choosing within a 10-mile radius of the restaurant, located at 50 Canton St., Ste. 113, Alpharetta. Each individually boxed meal includes a biscuit sandwich, a signature side, a dessert and a bottled water, Judy said.
The purchaser can pick the day and time the meals will be delivered, and anyone who orders a Biscuits for Heroes box will receive a gift card in the mail worth 10% of the purchase, she said.
"We wanted to start this to create a way for people in our community to be able to help the heroes on the front lines who are fighting this virus to keep our community safe," Judy said.
Another program Maple Street started March 30 is Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Through this program, community members can order five or 10 servings—priced at $60 or $100, respectively—of individually boxed biscuit sandwiches, a family-sized signature side and iced cinnamon buns for dessert to be delivered within a 10-mile radius of the restaurant. However, guests can also pick up the order and deliver it themselves should the location fall outside of the 10-mile radius, Judy said.
Guests can also upgrade the dessert to cookies for an additional $1 per cookie, and cases of water, gallons of unsweet and sweet tea, and totes of coffee are available for an additional cost.
To participate in this program, guests can order through ezCater or by calling the restaurant.
"This program, again, is a way for us to help people help one another," Judy said. "[The owners] really wanted something that was centered around gracious service, something that really focused on helping our communities, and that's what they did with Maple Street Biscuit Company."
Maple Street Biscuit Co.
50 Canton St., Ste. 113, Alpharetta
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.