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Starbucks closes temporarily while other quick serve restaurants adapt to Covid’s second wave

Dozens of cars passed through the drive-thru line Wednesday morning to radio silence and then read the small sign on the drive-through window

No large sign out front. No sign of baristas. Foggy weather and fogginess in general at Starbucks on Thursday morning outside of the Riverwood Subdivision in Evans. Many cars patiently waited in line one by one and when they didn’t hear a response to their orders they drove up to the drive-thru window.

There, they saw a small sign apologizing that the store and drive-thru were closed.

Some headed a short ways away in the parking lot to the Rooted Coffee house where employees were busy taking orders at the drive-thru and in store and delivering food and specialty drinks to their patio.

Nearby McDonald’s was also open with no mask policy.

50 yards away locally-owned Rooted Coffeehouse was busy serving customers in the drive-thru line, inside the café and on the patio. The 3rd place to get coffee in the Riverwood Shopping Center—McDonald’s was also busy serving inside the store and in the drive-thru

Earlier this week, the Chick-Fil-A operator Jason Adams from the Mullins Crossing store produced a video to inform the community that the restaurant was going back to drive-thru service only until further notice—and—closing time will now be 9 P.M. each evening, Monday-Thursday, with regular drive-thru hours on Friday and Saturday.

“Over the summer we had the help of our high school and returning college students throughout the day”. Thankfully they’ve been able to return back to school, said Adams. Our entire staff has been working extremely hard and many of them are working 50-60 hours per week in order to maintain the high level of service you have come to expect from us.

Covid and especially the Delta Variant, has caused us unexpected problems. It affects our suppliers and manufacturers and we have been dealing with shortages and allocations of many of our products,” Adams added.

Here is Adams 1 minute 51 second video in its entirety.

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