Staying Safe & Staying Supportive

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Our small businesses are the backbone of our vibrant downtown community. They quench our thirst, make us our favorite foods, and sell us their unique treasures.

All of our Downtown Tempe businesses need your support to survive. We wanted to share how some of our downtown businesses are being innovative in their approach to keep everyone safe while people visit their establishments.

On a special note, everyone should take their time and adjust themselves on their own schedule when looking to visit a business in person. Although dine-in restaurants and retail stores are open, we understand the hesitation and we urge everyone to take their time and only come when you’re healthy and comfortable.

In addition to visiting these amazing businesses, you can always explore Take-Out Options, Gift Card Options, and Online Ordering.

For the bottom of our hearts, thank you for supporting our Downtown Tempe family and we can’t wait to see you back, whenever you are ready.

Here are some of our check-in questions and responses from some of your favorite Downtown Tempe businesses:

What have you done to adapt to the CDC and Governor’s guidelines since reopening?

Caffe Boa: Since reopening, we've removed half of our tables and chairs both inside and on our patio to help adhere to the guidelines of social distancing. We've also trained our employees to be sanitizing and cleaning both the tables and chairs after they've been sat in as well as sanitizing the restrooms, doors, door handles, and other commonly touched places every 30 minutes. We are using disposable menus for now so that each menu is never circulated. We have both gloves and masks available for our employees so they feel safe and comfortable working in these new conditions.

Delicious Factory: We are observing social distancing guidelines, providing sanitizers to staff and customers, wearing protective face shields, etc. to ensure that we keep our staff and our customers safe. 

Mellow Mushroom: With the reopening, all employees are required to wear masks and adhere to all safety guidelines while at work. On the floor, there are newly placed makers to ensure Visitors have physical guidance on social distancing. The dining room is operating at a limited capacity to ensure social distancing is in affect. The restaurant continues to offer takeout and delivery options. 

How have you been impacted by the pandemic?

Daily Jam: While it has been a big adjustment from going to just takeout and delivery and now back to modified dine-in, we have seen our loyal fans really come out and support us during this time. Planning and marketing have been the two main focuses. You want to try and do and offer everything you can and get seen by as many people as possible all while still trying to anticipate the needs and wants of our guests. 

Caffe Boa: The pandemic forcefully shut down our restaurant and our surrounding businesses for 8 weeks.  During those 8 weeks, we were able to continue creating to-go orders for the public, but we had to donate or get rid of many perishable items as business quickly declined across the state.  We had to furlough our employees until further notice which was hard on everyone. With Arizona State University being closed and travel discouraged, we didn't get to experience the rest of what is some of the busiest times of our year in Tempe during March, April, and May.

What has changed in your dine-in experience?

Pedal Haus: The restaurant has limited seating inside and outside and are actively monitoring the amount of people dining at one time. They are offering bar service while people wait for a table. There are signs posted throughout the inside and outside of the restaurant with reminders about social distancing. All employees are wearing masks and adhering to all safety guidelines. They also urge you to use their digital menus instead of their new paper menus, to ensure less contact. 

Daily Jam: At Daily Jam, we have modified some of our operations to follow the recommended best practices and guidelines. We have taken out tables from our dining rooms and patios to allow for continued social distancing of 6 feet between every table. All our team members wear masks and gloves at all times, and we are sanitizing tables, chairs, and registers after every guest use. We are also currently serving all orders, including dine-in, from to-go containers as well as offering all condiments in individual packets to eliminate use of shared items. Beverage service, including coffee and teas, is being taken care of by our front of house team members, and we have increased the cleaning and sanitization of all common areas within the restaurant.

Do you have any reopening specials?

Caffe Boa: A wine club has been started and memberships can be purchased online. All four natural wines are available monthly for $59.99. If you make a reservation, you get a FREE dessert with your meal.

La Bocca: Everyday, La Bocca is offering a Lunch Box Combo for only $9.00 that includes a personal pizza, salad and a soda. Every Sunday and Monday, all bottles of wine are half off. And lastly, every Thursday, La Bocca has a date night special for two that includes a bottle of wine, bruschetta plank, specialty pizza, and a dessert for $49.00.  

Daily Jam: We are offering a “Fab 5 Bundle” from our ghost kitchen, CinnaSwirl, that includes five loaded, fresh baked cinnamon rolls of your choice for $20, FREE COFFEE to all medical personnel, 1st Responders, and military service members (while in uniform, or with valid ID), as well as our “Brunch from Home Kit” that serves four — including scrambled eggs, country potatoes, choice of breakfast meat, choice of pancakes, French toast, or our award winning waffles, PLUS an entire bottle of Champagne and some OJ to make some mimosas; all for $55!

Slices on Mill: Order enough food to feed a family! Check out “The 6th Street Special” (Any two 20” pizzas, breadsticks, 2-liter of soda) for $39.99, “The Mill Meal” (One 20” pizza, One 16” pizza, 2-liter of soda) for $32.99, or “The Tempe Trio” (Three calzones, 2-liter of soda) for $22.99.

What can people do to help support your business?

Daily Jam: Do what you can and what you feel comfortable doing! If you’re still digging takeout and delivery, that’s awesome! Order direct through our website rather than a 3rd party site. Follow us on social media to see all our updates! If you’re coming to dine in with us, please be patient and considerate of those around you! We’re still all in this together, and at Daily Jam, we’re here for all our Jammers and our wonderful Tempe Community!! 

Caffe Boa: If you can't dine in, continuing to-go orders, being a part of the wine club, or purchasing gift cards will continue to support our 26 years in business. 

Delicious Factory: Try us out! Help promote us and bring your friends and family members. We are a healthy, fun, restaurant.

Overall, please be patient and continue to understand that everyone is adjusting to the situation at hand. Our businesses are working hard to keep you safe and give you the best experience they can, under the constraints of our current climate.


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