JAMESTOWN – Chautauqua County business officials announced Thursday that they’ve launched a new website geared towards promoting local restaurants and retail businesses who are still providing services amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
The Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation say a list of restaurants operating can be found on CHQbuylocal.com. They say businesses are managing takeout and deliver services, and are also trying different modes of operation.
The website will initially contain a full list of restaurants that are offering takeout or delivery food services as well as links to their websites and/or social media pages. Restaurant owners can also utilize a fillable form on the site to ensure their business is included.
“As long as you remain in good health, maintain social distancing, good hygiene, and common sense, there’s still a lot of things to do and essential services available in Chautauqua County,” said County Executive Paul Wendel Jr. “Please support our local restaurants and small businesses and order some take out or buy a gift card.”
Officials urge caution in all transactions. Some businesses are taking orders and payments by phone with credit card payment. They also urge people to always call ahead to place takeout orders and tip generously. This situation is changing daily and some food service providers may have to make rapid changes in their plans.
“We encourage the public to continue to support local businesses by safely patronizing their establishments,” said Todd Tranum, CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. “In addition to directly buying services and products the public should make an effort to buy gift cards. Every purchase makes a difference for these small businesses. Please keep promoting our local establishments on your social media pages. Shop safe! Shop small! Shop local!”