BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (WXYZ) — Social Birmingham on E. Maple has been serving incredible food for 8 years, but never before quite like this.
With their dining room closed, Social offers a carry-out menu, but Manager Dustin Walker wanted to do more to help the community.
“People that don’t want to go to grocery stores or are immune compromised and want to limit contact with the public,” says Walker.
Since their own produce needs have dwindled, Walker had an idea to keep buying produce from his local wholesale source and pass on the savings.
“We decided to partner up with Lagrasso Brothers produce and offer these boxes at cost. A $10 box of assorted fruit and a $10 box of assorted vegetables,” says Walker.
They also sell a bag with eggs and a locally baked loaf of bread for just $5
The boxes and bags are available 7 days a week from 1-5pm. Delivery is curbside and no contact.
You roll down your window and tell them which boxes you’d like put cash in a basket and your boxes are loaded into the trunk!
The entire transaction is contactless and inside the restaurant they are wearing face masks and gloves, which they constantly change, and liberally using anti-bacterial gels and disinfectant on every surface, determined to be a positive, helpful presence.
It’s only been a week and the word is spreading fast.
"This is my first, I heard about it from my moms group," says Kristi Kaye, who doesn’t want to take her daughter inside a store. "We’re actually from Macomb County, so we came all the way out to do this."
Jennifer Ferlito is a first timer too, "I’m excited to get one. Rhe grocery stores keep canceling delivery, so I saw this on Facebook, so I thought I’d give it a try."
Social's sister restaurants are now also selling these high quality produce boxes curbside, Como’s on Woodward in Ferndale, Mex on Telegraph in Bloomfield Hills, Beaus Grillery on West Maple in Bloomfield Hills.
Not only will buying these boxes help you avoid the busy grocery stores - it’s supporting local businesses too
"Anything that we can do to partner with not just our community but with our vendors to keep them strong too that’s definitely a part of this," says Walker.
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