The very day restaurants had to curtail indoor dining due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the folks at Roosevelt’s came up with a plan.

In addition to offering takeout and curbside pickup of restaurant items, they also set up a retail market to help fill some of the public’s shopping needs.

“(Co-owner) Josh Royal, myself and our chef came up with the idea of using our resources to give the public access to vegetables, local eggs, fresh-baked bread and even paper towels,” said Vincent Sorrentino, general manager.

“What we have each day may depend on what we can get, but we probably have twice as many market items than when we first started. It has given our employees an opportunity to work, and we have realized there is a need for what we are doing.”

Roosevelt’s isn’t the only restaurant to launch a popup market. Others include Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue and TiAmo Ristorante Italiano.

“We have the ability to buy and distribute essential items, such as toilet paper, hamburger meat, chicken breasts, eggs and more,” said Oklahoma Joe’s owner Joe Davidson. “We began with 27 essential items and will add to that list as we hear from customers.”

For other restaurants, which already had retail markets attached to their eateries, it is almost business as usual. Among those are Boston Deli, Lambrusco’z to Go, Amelia’s Market & Brasserie, Stonehorse Café, Bodean Seafood, Siegi’s Sausage Factory, White River Fish Market and Braum’s.

Roosevelt’s Josh Royal pretty well summed up the spirit displayed at all of these places.

“We are going to do whatever it takes to survive,” he said.

We have rounded up some markets to visit. It’s a good idea to call or check out their websites and Facebook pages daily for updates and available items. Hours may change, too.

Scene Writer

Scott is in his second tour of duty with the Tulsa World. He was a sports writer during his first stop. Since returning to the World in 1992, he has been the food writer and now restaurant critic and wine columnist. Phone: 918-581-8463