In the days of the coronavirus, Louisa Magoon of the Grand Tea Room expresses the sentiments of a lot of people: “We are all feeling the uncertainty of what is going on in our lives these days. We can only hope that this will pass quickly and when it does, we will certainly appreciate our lives as never before.”
She added, “This has really affected our business. As a restaurant we cannot have dine in service, so we’ve been closed all week. We are normally open Tuesdays through Saturdays. Saturdays are our busiest day when we normally serve over 100 people.”
They also do dinner theater and were doing the play “Clue” for three weeks in March. There would have been 15 performances. “We cancelled last Sunday and this week for a total of six cancelled performances. At forty people per performance, that’s 240 people that would have attended which adds up to a lot of money lost for both the tea room and the theater company.”
She told The Times-Advocate, “We don’t know how long this closure order will last but if it lasts more than a month, it’s really going to hurt. We had to close the tea room last week and who knows when we will be able to reopen for dine in service. We know that this is temporary, and we look forward to life as usual. Remember, if everyone follows direction and does what we’re supposed to do, it will end much quicker. We can do this!”
She’s very concerned about her employees. “Some still live at home with their parents, so they’ll probably be OK, but some are the sole providers for their families. I can’t afford to continue their wages so they will need to file for unemployment just to have something coming in. I just hope they will all come back when this is over.”
She concluded, “These are very scary times for everyone. Yes, we are concerned for our businesses, but we are especially concerned about keeping people healthy which is much more important.”
Take Out Service at The Grand Tea Room:
Fortunately, restaurants are allowed to have take-out service. Starting on Tuesday, March 24 They began take-out orders Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 to 3:00.
As Mrs. Magoon describes it, “You will be able to pick up our delicious tea room goodies and have your own tea party at home!”
They carry 45 different flavors of tea that include Black Tea, Green Tea, White Tea, Oolong Tea, Rooibos (African Red Bush) and Herbal Tissanes. You can order loose tea to go to steep at home. They sell it by the ounce. See our list of teas on our website.
Other Restaurants in Escondido Offering Take-Out Service:
Several restaurants in downtown Escondido are offering take-out service. Here’s a link to a list prepared by the City of Escondido. You can help support our local restaurants as they strive to survive so they can reopen as soon as they can.