WORTHINGTON — Perkins Restaurant & Bakery has begun a new initiative, Perkins Market, that allows consumers to purchase bulk staples like bread, bacon and toilet paper directly from the restaurant.

“Both as members of our communities and as business owners, we want to ease the impact of major life adjustments our customers are experiencing in any way we can,” Perkins Chief Marketing Officer Alison Glenn Delaney said.

“By offering needed staples like food and home products directly from our restaurants to customers, we’re doing what we can to support our communities, and the public will have a way to continue to show support for small businesses, as most of our restaurants are independently owned and operated," Delaney added.

Worthington's Perkins, located at 1445 Darling Drive, has been selected as one of the participating stores to operate a Perkins Market.

General Manager Sue Schweigert explained that having to close the dining room has been tough. Although the restaurant is offering family-size meals to go, it just isn't the same without the diners physically present.

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"The staff is ready to come back," Schweigert said. "They miss talking with guests."

As soon as the state allows, the restaurant will open at 50% capacity with social distancing in place. In the meantime, guests are welcome to call ahead and order from a menu of beef products, deli meats, vegetables, soups, sliced cheese, salad dressing and syrups, as well as high-demand paper products like toilet paper and paper towels. A complete list of offerings is available at perkinsrestaurants.com or the Worthington store's Facebook page.

To place an order, call the store at 372-7761. Schweigert and her staff will establish a curbside pickup time and accept payment by credit card over the phone or cash or check at pickup.

Schweigert anticipates that Perkins Market will continue permanently even after the restaurant reopens for dine-in service.

“One way we will make it through this difficult time together is by being there for one another, as small businesses and as people, any way we can,” Delaney said. “We believe Perkins Market will be a useful offering for our customers in need of essential grocery items, at a fantastic price."