With large portions of the country self-isolating during the coronavirus outbreak, businesses large and small are having to adapt to a new reality. You can include minor league baseball teams in that group.
And one team in Florida has an unveiled an innovative way for stadium-food fanatics to still get their favorite grub while there are no sporting events. They started a drive-thru at the stadium.
You read that right. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos — yep, that’s a real team and, no, this isn’t The Onion — will start selling their concessions items via drive-thru on Monday. They join thousands of food-oriented businesses around the U.S. that are having to find new ways to get their products to customers whose daily routines have become zapped into solitude.
People are learning to deal without going out to eat at restaurants or dining in large groups. But are they fiendin’ for foot-long hot dogs from the baseball stadium? We’ll find out soon enough.
The menu — find the full thing here — includes common stadium fare. Here are a few examples:
• 5-Star Chappie Basket (Kayem Footlong Hot Dog, Chili, Shredded Cheese, Diced Onion) — $11
• Crab Mac & Cheese Dog (Kayem Footlong Hot Dog, Parmesan Crab Mac & Cheese, Pico de Gallo) — $12
• Bacon-Crusted Shrimp Tacos (Jalapeno Slaw, Pico De Gallo, Heater Sauce) — $12
• Carne Asada Burrito Basket (Steak, Cilantro Lime Rice, Onions & Pepper Mix, Roasted Poblano Crema, Shredded Cheese) — $12
They also have $3 kids meals for lunch, build-your-own pasta bowls and are selling popcorn for $1.
If you REALLY miss baseball, this is one way to feel like you’re not too far away from the game. Perhaps a bring-your-own-snacks situation to a game of “MLB The Show” on PlayStation 4.
Jokes aside, this could soon be a new reality for minor-league teams, as a season of uncertainty looms. With no real idea of when games would start, there are already reports that some teams may fold.
Like any business, the ones that figure out new ways to make money may be the ones that survive.
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