PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee – The Old Mill Restaurant has created a new way to feed its neighbors, a fully-equipped food truck that delivers meals throughout entire neighborhoods on a rotating basis. It is another way the historic operation is adjusting to the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is a totally new concept for us that goes far beyond traditional restaurant carryout,” said Old Mill marketing director Laurie Faulkner. “We are preparing ready-to-eat family meals. We also have meal kits with some of our signature items for people to prepare on their own schedules. We’re taking them straight from our Old Mill kitchen to people’s homes. Menus change weekly.”
“In addition to the family meals, we also are serving individual entrees such as shrimp and grits, chicken tenders and fries and our strawberry spinach salad, as well as soups, whole pies, fresh breads, chicken salad, pimento cheese and more. The online choices are extensive,” Faulkner said.
The food truck is the second major business shift the Old Mill launched as the coronavirus self-isolation began.
It previously began selling select grocery items, which now can be ordered for food truck delivery. Milk, eggs, chicken, chicken tenders, hamburger meat, flour, cornmeal and other products are available.
“We know that families and individuals are challenged right now to get out of their homes, and our food truck is another option to bring people the food they need or bring some variety to their at-home menus,” Faulkner said.
A bottle of hand sanitizer made at the Old Forge Distillery is included in every food truck order of more than $25.
“We never thought we’d have this kind of mobility as part of our restaurant operation, and we see new opportunities in the future,” Faulkner said.
Orders called in to 615-770-0111 by 6 p.m. one day are delivered to residences the following day. Full details are a www.old-mill.com/neighborhood.
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