PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As we wait for the restaurant to reopen, some chefs and owners find creative ways to stay connected with their customers. The days of sitting and eating in restaurants are gone, at least for the near future.

“You have to adjust and you have to adapt,” said Alex Hardy.

Chef Alex Hardy and his wife Tara Buzan, owners of At the Table BYOB in Wayne, still crave interaction with their guests so they bring the restaurant into their living room.

“Welcome to episode four of Cheffie Hour!” Hardy said.

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Think of it as part of happy hour with a little cooking lessons and a sprinkling of delicious meals.

The weekly Zoom meeting on Friday night shows guests, who take appetizers by the road, how to prepare them at home.

Drinks are optional but highly recommended.

“I miss people seeing people like, ‘geez, this is amazing.’ So by watching them all eat and they will send a message, that is the interaction that we have longed for, “said Buzan.

At Pizzeria Stella in Headhouse Square, a different way of delivering pie is to create a unique dining experience for their guests.

“The whole idea is eight weeks now,” Josh Sugarman said.

Sugarman is one of the founders of Vampire Pizza, an idea created during the pandemic.

“Hey, even if you have to stay home, there’s something new and interesting to do,” Sugarman said.


Partnering with Stella, your cake comes with a special box, sent by a ghost.

“It’s more like a runaway room in a box,” Sugarman said. “There is something for everyone. There is a puzzle challenge, there is a craft challenge. “

The experience launched Friday in Philadelphia and already 300 people have registered. This is another way local businesses try to stay connected with their loyal customers.

“We just hope it grows and more people join us,” Buzan said.


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