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Did you hear the exciting news? Downtown Alameda restaurants can now open for modified outdoor service. If you’re looking to meet up with a friend in your “social bubble” for dinner and drinks, or enjoy a meal out with the family, check out these favorite downtown spots that are providing outdoor dining with care:

Known for its German take on Alameda, Speisekammer provides a rotating menu that might include Schweinebraten, Sauerbraten, or Poached Salmon. Accompany a traditional dish with a light lager and you’ll feel like you’re in another land without traveling far. Speisekammer’s patio is open Tuesday to Sunday. Pickup and delivery is also available.

The outdoor patio at Cinema Grill is open for dining every night. Order a specialty pizza, burger, or daily special. Cinema Grill also continues to offer a Curbside Takeout menu with to-go specials that feed four and happy hour drinks. And don’t forget the popcorn!

Tucked behind Mama Papa Lithuania is a quaint beer garden. Their Stuffed Cabbage, Potato Pancakes, and Cepelinis along with a European beer make for the perfect comfort food. Reservations are highly encouraged and they are only accepting parties of 4 or less for the time being.

Outdoor seating is now available at Ole’s Waffle Shop. Ole’s entire menu is available as well as wine from Wine & Waffles. The best part is it’s dog friendly so you can bring your furry friends and enjoy some great food and sunshine.

“The Gardens at the Tavern” (pictured above) is Downtown Alameda’s newest outdoor oasis. You’ll find the inviting dining area set up in the parking lot next to The Park Street Tavern. Come gift your tastebuds with made-from-scratch Greek & Italian inspired cuisine!

Other favorite spots ready for outdoor dining? American Oak, Angela’s Restaurant, Asena, Hobnob, La Penca Azul, McGee’s, and The Star on Park.

View a running list of restaurants ready to serve you for outdoor dining, takeout, or delivery: https://downtownalameda.com/open-for-business/

Please be patient as our restaurants navigate the new rules with customer and staff safety top of mind. Check with individual businesses for their current schedules. And please remember that masks are still required while not eating. ⁣❤️

Books Inc reopening for curbside in Alameda

Update: As of June 19, retail stores can be open for in-store shopping. Check with individual shops to see if you need to make an appointment.

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Did you hear the good news? The County issued a new health order on Monday, May 18 that allows retail stores to open for curbside or storefront pickup! 🙌🏻⁣

Shops like Books_Inc. have missed you and are excited to finally see you again — from a safe distance, of course. It’s easy to order books online and request safe, curbside pickup.

Lauren’s Closet doesn’t have a website but owner Lisa Cross is happy to send pics. She’ll even wrap items if it’s for a gift. View products on Facebook, look in window, or call for suggestions.

Some of the greatest toys on Earth can be purchased on Toy Safari‘s website. Or, the next time you’re downtown, take a look at their window display and order via text — numbers are posted on each item to make identification easy.

View a running list of businesses ready to assist you with new clothes, home accessories, gift items, meals, groceries, health care, and more: https://downtownalameda.com/open-for-business/

Check with individual businesses for their current pickup guidelines. Please remember to still be vigilant about wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing when out of the house.

(Photo credit: @loveourisland)

The City recently launched a new Alameda Strong Campaign to raise money for Alameda businesses, residents, and non-profits who make Alameda the truly awesome city that it is.

The goal is to raise over $1 million for grants that can help our local businesses and others recover from the devastating impacts of COVID-19. If you are in a position to do so, please help fund the emergency relief grants by making a tax-deductible donation to the “Alameda Strong” community fund today. Donations are being accepted online through The East Bay Community Foundation.

Please help get the word out about this campaign — the grant is dependent on community donations.

More information about the Alameda Strong Community Grant Fund is available here: www.alamedastrong.org

(Donations can also be submitted by check. Make the check payable to: “Alameda Strong Fund” and mail it to: East Bay Community Foundation; Attn: Alameda Strong Fund; 200 Frank Ogawa Plaza; Oakland CA 94612)

ABCs of Park Street Game Instagram post

We were absolutely blown away by @girlcancook451’s participation in the ABCs of Park Street Game. She completed the full alphabet and even got creative by including her son and signing their way together through downtown. Check out a few favorites! www.instagram.com/p/CAqxmNGh03p

(B is for the @alamedaballetacademy, while they dance in their rooms. M is for movies at the iconic @alamedatheatres. W is for waffles from the one and only @oleswaffleshop.⁣⁣)

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ABCs of Park Street Game

What is your favorite #downtownalameda business? Join us for the ABCs of Park Street Game and THREE of you could win a $100 gift card to the Park Street business of your choice! 🥳⁣

To participate, simply: ⁣
1. Post a photo of a Park Street business on Instagram or Facebook and caption it with the corresponding letter of the alphabet. For example, “A is for the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex.” The photo can be a picture you take while you’re out for a social distancing walk, a picture you take of your takeout meal back at home, or a drawing by one of your kiddos. Feel free to get creative! 🤗⁣
2. Tag your photo with BOTH #downtownalameda and #abcsofparkstreet.⁣

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The Bay Area’s shelter-in-place order is extended through the end of May but there are still ways to support your community, friends, and neighbors while maintaining social distancing.

Shopping online, over the phone, ordering out, and promoting your wonderful local businesses are just a few of the ways you can support your community and independent, family-owned businesses.

How you can support local while maintaining social distancing:

Shop Online – Many local businesses have an online presence and can mail or personally deliver your items. This is also a great time to stock up on gift cards for future visits or gift giving opportunities.

Order Out – Order takeout, delivery, or curbside pickup from your favorite restaurant.

Leave a Review – Did you have a memorable experience with the owner or an employee the last time you were at a local business? Show your love for favorite shopping, service, and dining establishments by leaving a review.

Promote on Social Media – By interacting virtually with local businesses, you can help them survive this difficult time. Comment and share posts from your favorite local businesses. Post about your favorite places using #DowntownAlameda and tag us @DowntownAlameda. (And remember to follow Downtown Alameda on Instagram and Facebook.)

Like and Subscribe – Be sure to like your favorite local places on all social media channels and subscribe to their email lists to get updates on their activities.

Stay up-to-date with information about downtown businesses offering take-out, delivery, gift certificates, services, and virtual experiences. Our Open For Business list is updated often with more businesses being added.

Please share this link: www.DowntownAlameda.com/open-for-business

Support your friends and neighbors by supporting local business. #together6feetapart

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