CAFES, bars and restaurants face an uncertain future in the wake of the coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a ban on non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people, forcing many small business owners in the hospitality industry to quickly adapt and enforce changes. And on Friday, he tightened restrictions to one person per four square metres at all non-essential indoor gatherings of all sizes, including at pubs, clubs and restaurants.
Increased sanitation has already come into effect as well as a widespread ban on reusable coffee cups and a preference for cashless payment in an effort to combat the spread of the virus. Many venues have reduced seating numbers to comply with the new rules, and all request that customers feeling unwell stay away.
"Most businesses have taken a massive hit this week as people start to work from home and self-isolation becomes a thing," Susuru Ramen and Gyoza Bar owner Taiyo Namba tells Weekender.
"There are many restaurants scrambling to prepare menus and staff to be able to deliver from next week. Susuru has invested in another delivery bike as deliveries ramp up - it is already extremely difficult to buy essential foods at supermarkets, and the simple fact is people must eat."
Namba has looked at innovative ways to keep his business going - and his employees employed.
"From next week, Susuru is offering frozen ramen packs to cater for people who are either unable to cook or would like further food options at home," he says.
"To complement this, the restaurant is preparing to offer ramen family packs exclusively for its takeaway and delivery services, much like the family value packs found in other fast food establishments. We want to make it easier for customers to order and to survive the coming weeks."
It's a sentiment shared by most businesses as they try to ride out the coronavirus.
"We are on the front line of this pandemic and being in hospitality, we seem to be among the first businesses who will be affected by it," says John Elsley, co-owner of Maitland's El Chapos and The Whistler, along with Newcastle bars Babylon and The Blink Monk.
Elsley says staff are required to completely disinfect their hands at least every 30 minutes or use sanitiser after cash transactions, although each venue is encouraging contactless payments as the preferred method.
"Our second highest priority at this stage is just keeping the doors open," he says.
"We understand that as a whole the companies will not be making any profits for some time as we have already lost the majority of our large function bookings over the next couple of months and it seems to be only escalating, so we will be drastically hurt by this. This will unfortunately then flow on to our large casual workforce.
"We are doing everything we can think of to keep customers coming in regularly and will try to trade through the drama to be sure all our staff are not left unpaid and suffering. It is going to be trying times for everyone it seems."
Many venues have introduced takeaway menus to cater for those practising social distancing, as well as contactless delivery for people in self isolation.
Jordan Mizrahi, who owns Basement On Market Street and Ground Floor Cafe in Hunter Street Mall, has made changes at both venues.
"We are encouraging people to enjoy our food takeaway in the comfort of their homes as a way of encouraging social distancing," Mizrahi says.
"Payment is also encouraged over the phone and customers can utilise the parking directly in front of the restaurant. We are also looking to implement a delivery service as soon as possible. The success of small business in this current climate is not guaranteed which means now more than ever supporting the local economy is integral," he says.
Ground Floor encourages orders to be placed and paid for via the Hey You app, so customers can collect pre-ordered food with minimal contact.
Here are some of the changes cafes, bars and restaurants in the region are making (check the social media pages of your favourite for updates as they are likely to be operating as normal):
8 at Trinity is closed until further notice.
Active Diner in Medowie is temporarily commencing home delivery within Medowie on Thursday and Friday nights. Minimum spend of $30 and $10 delivery fee. Deliveries can be contactless upon request.
Adamstown Fresh Fruit has started a delivery service to Adamstown and surrounding suburbs. Phone 4957 1232.
Akuna Cafe at Merewether is open for takeaways.
Amanda's on the Edge at Pokolbin is now open for takeaway meals via WOWAPPS, Facebook messenger or by phoning 4998 7900.
The Anchorage at Corlette has closed The Galley Kitchen, The Wild Herring, Moby's Bar and Spa Lucca. In-room dining is available for guests and the surcharge has been waived.
Antojitos is offering takeaway. Phone ahead on 4925 3768. Menu on their website.
The Artisan Cheese Room at Pokolbin has closed.
Newcastle's Asa-Don are open for takeaway, dinner only, 5pm to 8pm, but closed weekends.
The Autumn Rooms on Darby Street offers delivery within a 5km radius. Menu online at autumnrooms.com.au.
Baba Yaga on Darby Street in Newcastle is only serving takeaways from their window. Tables have been set up outside,too.
Babbingtons Bar & Grill at Charlestown is still open and has added a homestyle takeaway menu for your convenience, Monday to Saturday, 2pm to 8pm. Phone 4943 6733. Served hot or you can heat at home.
Baked Uprising in Maryville is also no longer accepting reusable cups and prefers cashless payments.
Bank Corner Espresso and Bar in Newcastle is closing at 2pm daily (kitchen closing at 1.30pm).
Bao Brothers After Dark on Hunter Street, Newcastle, has closed indefinitely. Bao Brothers at The Corner, Charlestown Square, remains open for business and has started home delivery. Opening hours are Wednesday to Friday, 11am to 3pm and 5pm to 8.30pm; Saturday and Sunday 11am to 8.30pm. Place an order on their website or phone 0412 266 222.
Bar Beach Bowlo is closed.
The Barn at Adamstown is now takeaway only. Pre-order by phoning 4952 8315.
Barrio 2304 is offering a takeaway menu, phone 4967 7374.
Baume at Ben Ean Winery is closed.
Bay of India at Warners Bay is open with free delivery for people over the age of 60 (minimum order $20).
The Beehive at Honeysuckle is open for takeaway only. Phone 4925 3225.
Bella Italia in Newcastle offers contactless delivery. You can order via Uber Eats; pick up your takeaway at the outside window of the bar; or (for a limited time) they are offering free local delivery for customers who place their order with them directly by phoning 4927 8050.
Belmont 16s is closed until further notice.
The Belmont Hotel's bistro is open for takeaway orders. Phone between 11.30am and 8.30pm to order.
The Bennett Hotel in Hamilton is open for takeaway. Transactions can be processed over the phone for quick and easy pick up.
Bistro 63 at Kahibah is closed until further notice.
Bistro Molines has closed.
The Blackbutt Hotel is closed until further notice.
Black Circle Cafe's last day of service will be march 28, 7am to 11am.
Black Label Espresso at Maitland is asking people to pre-order by downloading their App through @eat_appy. And for those ordering at the cafe, order then wait outside until their name is called.
Black Sheep Espresso is open for takeaway Monday to Saturday, 7am to noon, as of March 26. Phone 0477 701 965 to order ahead.
The Blind Monk has launched an online store to clear out their craft beer keg stock: theblindmonk.com.au/online-store.
Blue Kahunas is closed until further notice.
Blueys at Nelson is offering takeaway, home delivery and kerbside pick-up. Phone 4006 5631 or visit blueysnelsonbay.com.
Bocado's Newcastle is closed until further notice.
Bolton Street Pantry's menu is available for eat in and take away. Phone 4048 1344.
Boulevarde Best Bake is open Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 2pm.
The Boulevarde Coffee Hub at Toronto is offering healthy take-home meals like for $15 (or $25 for two). Just phone ahead on 4950 5429, park in the yellow striped parking spot in front of the shop and staff will run your order to your car.
Boydell's at Morpeth is now offering takeaway meals. Online wine delivery orders are available as normal.
Bread & Butter in Newcastle is closed until April 30.
Text your orders to Brew Tales Wickham on 0402 803 745.
The Brooks Belmont is working on a more extensive takeaway menu and has altered its opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 2pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 3pm.
As of March 24, Burgerfiend at Cessnock is only offering takeaway or pick-up. Transactions will be done at the window at the front of the store. Breakfast will no longer be offered and opening hours are being reviewed.
Burger Lounge & Takeaway at Cessnock is now offering prepaid zero contact delivery. Phone 0421 412 474 to arrange and your order will be brought to your car from the restaurant.
The Burwood Inn is offering 15 per cent off gift E-vouchers, which are valid for three years.
Cafe 2283 in Toronto has meals available as pre-order takeaway. Think salads, wraps and all-day breakfast.
Cafe Alejandra at Belmont is open for takeaway and pick-up. Phone 4945 0267.
Cafe By The Creek is open for takeaway only as of March 26.
Cafe Inu at Carrington is open 6am to noon for takeaway only (all-day breakfast and lunch). Phone 4961 1131.
Cafe Manuela is open for takeaway meals and is offering takeaway cocktails as of March 27, from 4pm. Go to frolo.marketing4restaurants.com/cafe-manuela to order. Pick up at 4 Wollombi Road, Cessnock.
Cafe Pippi is open, serving takeaway meals.
Cafe Williams & Co at Cessnock has closed until April 20.
Caleo at Warners Bay is moving to a local delivery model. Go to cafecaleo.com.au.
Canon Food Bar Espresso at Warners Bay is now offering their breakfast, lunch and dinner menu as takeaway. Phone 4948 0049. Or, you can dine outside the cafe (seating is limited to 50) and enjoy the lake view.
The Captain and Crew at Marks Point is now offering home delivery of meals and alcohol to postcodes 2280 and 2281 free (minimum delivery order $40) Thursdays to Sundays, 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Kerbside and in-store pick-up still available. They have an online ordering menu at thecaptainandcrew.com.au. Phone 4945 4393.
Cardiff RSL Club is closed.
Cargo Espresso Bar at Redhead is closed until further notice.
Carrington Place has closed and will "re-open when the time is right".
Casanova on the Lake at Toronto is offering 20 per cent off online takeaway at casanovaonthelake.com.
Caves Beach Gelato is open and now offering take-home packs and gelato cakes as well as over the counter orders. Phone 0402 040 888.
Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows is offering takeaway food and alcohol from its bottle shop, and free delivery to the Caves Beach and Swansea areas. Phone 4980 9912 or visit cavescoastal.com.au/takeaway. Noon to 8pm daily.
The Cellar Restaurant at Pokolbin has introduced a takeaway and delivery menu (15km radius). Phone 4998 7584 to order and pay, noon to 8pm. Also, delivery and pick up of essential products.
Chaddies at New Lambton is open 8am to 2pm, with full menu available as takeaway. Phone 4952 5484.
Cheeky Dog Bar is closed.
The Cheesecake Shop is now offering home delivery via their website.
Chiefly East in Newcastle is offering grab-and-go meals, or phone ahead for quick takeaway.
Choux Patisserie has closed until further notice.
Cielo Italiano in Newcastle is offering takeaway on all meals. Open from 5pm weekdays and 11.30am on weekends. Phone 4929 2003.
Circa 1876 is closed.
Newcastle's Cirque Cafe & Restaurant has a takeaway menu up and running. Visit cirquecafeandrestaurant.com. Phone 4929 6370 or email email@example.com.
Newcastle's Clarendon Hotel is closed.
Club Charlestown is closed until further notice but as of March 24 is offering a new takeaway menu with five gluten-free options. Takeaway alcohol/drinks also available (18+ only). Phone 4943 3766 to order, card payments only required at time of booking.
It's business as usual at Coal & Cedar as they are a small bar with low capacity.
Coal River & Co is now offering take-home meals. Phone 4929 4265 to place your order.
The Colliery Inn at Wallsend is now offering takeaway meals daily 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Phone 4955 8234 to order.
The Commercial Hotel Morpeth is now offering home delivery of bistro meals.
COQUUN at Maitland is closed.
Core Espresso is open 6am to 1pm.
Corner Lane Espresso is now closing at noon.
Corner House Cafe Newcastle will cease operating at close of business on March 27.
The Cottage Scone and its cafe are takeaway only, with family meal packs also offered.
At Common Grounds Morpeth is open for takeaway only. Phone 4934 2001.
The Cracked Cup Cafe & Pizzeria at Kahibah is open for takeaway only Monday to Friday, 6am to 2pm; Saturday and Sunday, 7am to noon; pizza on Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm.
Cranky Chef Catering at Hamilton has launched a new home delivery menu with no spend. Free delivery throughout Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. Order online at crankychefcatering.com.au.
Crema Coffee Garage in Broadmeadow is encouraging cashless payments and no longer accepting reusable cups.
Cru Bar & Pantry at Brokenwood Wines has a takeaway menu and items that can be frozen. Phone 4993 1190 or 0416 250 723.
Crusoe's On The Lake is closed until further notice.
Newcastle's Culture Club on King is open for takeaways. Order ahead on the Hey You App.
The Cunning Culinarian in Maitland is reducing its operating hours and will close at 2.30pm instead of 4.30pm. Take-home meals available.
Adamstown's Cupcake Espresso is offering free, non-contact delivery to Newcastle suburbs, and $10 delivery to surrounding suburbs. Also, phone 4957 1727 and your order can be delivered to your car at the Adamstown store. Cupcake Espresso stores at Westfield Kotara and Hunter Valley have closed.
Dawson's Oysters is now offering home delivery in the Lake Macquarie area. Phone 4948 9608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Decante This is still delivering. Go to decantethis.com.au.
The Deck Cafe at Lovedale is delivering meals to Singleton, Maitland, Cessnock and Pokolbin. Go to deckcafelovedale.com.au or phone 4930 9007.
Delucas Pizza is offering a pre-order menu for pick up and eventually delivery.This needs to be ordered the day before so they know how many to prepare. It's not cooked to order, it's cooked and packaged for you to freeze or reheat at home. Bulk orders accepted.
Designer Delights at Charlestown, Whitebridge and Valentine is now taking orders for next day delivery.
DiRoma is open for takeaway and delivery.
Don Beppino's has a range of pasta meals ready to go - just pick it up from the Merewether restaurant and heat it up at home. Phone 4963 3969 to place your order.
Doughheads is serving all coffee, doughnuts and shakes in takeaway packaging, and reusable cups are no longer accepted. Contactless payment is preferred and orders can be placed in advance on 0429 498 123. Delivery is also available through Uber Eats and Deliveroo.
Drop In Espresso at Wallsend offers free delivery in the Wallsend area by texting 0490 340 573.
Ducks in the Field High Tea is closed until further notice.
Duke of Wellington Hotel is open for delivery and takeaway. Go to dukehotel.com.au.
Dullboys Social Co at Warners Bay is closed until further notice.
Dumpling Flavour at Cooks Hill now has freshly-made dumplings, wontons and spring rolls, frozen, that you can take home and heat.
Dunkley Dash Espresso Hut at Mount Hutton is only serving take away. Customers can sit outside but not inside.
Earp Distilling Co is open as a bottle shop and selling their own hand sanitiser. Online orders also welcome.
East End Hub is closed until further notice.
Edmonds & Co Newcastle is open for takeaway coffee only as of March 26.
The Edwards offers take away options for food and drinks, including alcohol. Phone 4940 0112 to order and pay; pick up point is at the rear of the venue at the roller door.
Eight Buns at Hamilton is only open for takeaway or delivery, Monday to Sunday, 5pm to 9pm, via Uber Eats or Menulog.
El Chapos at Maitland is closed for now but hoping to introduce a takeaway and delivery service soon.
Emersons Restaurant has closed until further notice.
Equium Social at Mayfield has made a few changes. As of March 23, several lunch options can be ordered ahead Monday to Friday, ready for pick up or local delivery. Menus will be posted daily online. They have also introduced a dinner run, Monday to Friday, of family-style meals again available for pre-order, and pick-up or local delivery. They also have a fridge full of produce and ready made meals available in store - or they can be added to your pick-up or home delivery. Delivery is currently to any home or business in Mayfield, Islington, Hamilton, Georgetown, Tighes Hill, Carrington and Maryville.
Estabar is delivering an "immune boosting breakfast for four wrapped in a High Tea Furoshiki" to Newcastle East residents. Phone 0412 130 120 to order. Operating hours have been shortened from 6.30am to 2.30pm and takeaway is available via the Hey You app. Home delivery service is coming soon.
Euro Patisserie at New Lambton is now offering delivery to the local area. Visit mypreorder.app/#/menu/euro-patisserie. Phone 4957 7188.
EXP. restaurant is closed.
The Falcon in Newcastle East is closed.
The Family Hotel in Newcastle is closed.
Fawk Foods Kitchen & Bakery at Pokolbin is open and working on an online ordering system.
Fernleigh Cafe is closed until further notice.
The Flotilla in Wickham is closed until further notice.
FogHorn Brewery have introduced takeaway food and beer. Home deliveries will start soon. Phone 4929 4721. Orders can be delivered to your car outside the venue by request.
Fratelli Roma in Maitland has $12.50 takeaway platters.
Fruit Brothers Newcastle offers home delivery to the Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Maitland areas of fruit, vegetables, meats and gourmet produce. Minimum spend is $40. Go to fruitbrothers.com.au.
Gamble and Brown at Kotara is operating as normal and offering take-home meals, with plans to introduce a delivery service of meals and "Supermarket Essential Boxes" (as of March 25). First in best dressed. Order online.
Gateway Church is offering fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and more at the old Pelican RSL periodically. The next visit is March 25 at 3pm, followed by Tuesdays at noon. Check with the church direct, though. Depends on availability.
The George Espresso Bar is serving customers through its kiosk window 6am to noon (Sunday 7.30am to noon).
Ginger Meg's is closed until further notice.
Glee Coffee Roasters are offering free shipping on orders more than $50.
Goldbergs Coffee House is closed.
Goldfish Bar and Restaurant at Pokolbin is offering delivery and takeaway Friday and Saturday nights from 5.30pm. Phone 4998 7671.
Good Brother Orders can also be placed through the Hey You app for quick pick up. Free delivery is also offered on all beans online at slingtown.com. Takeaway available.
Goodness Me Organics at Adamstown offers home delivery. Just email your shopping list to email@example.com. They are also selling take-home meals.
Gourmet Food Distributors at Carrington usually sell only to restaurants but are now selling to the public as well, seven days. It is strictly a pre-order system. No sales will be made at the warehouse. They have now set yup a website to order from: gourmetfood.net.au/home/order-form.
The Grain Store at Newcastle East is planning to carry on with takeaway orders (food only) by phoning 4023 2707 or ordering only as of March 24.
The Grain Thai Restaurant has expanded its (free) delivery service to Charlestown, Kotara, Jesmond, Birmingham Gardens, Wallsend and Rankin Park. Minimum order $40 with a 20 per cent discount on online orders.
The Grand Hotel at Newcastle is closed until further notice.
Greg and Audrey's in Toronto is operating normal hours and offers takeaway options on all food and drinks. Take-home tubs of ice-cream are available.
Greg's Espresso Bar in Cessnock is taking coffee orders over the phone for quick pick-up.
The Greenroof Hotel has cancelled silent cinema is cancelled for the foreseeable future. The kitchen will remain open for lunch and dinner.
Ground Control Chippery at Warners Bay is takeaway only. Phone 4947 2293.
Guzman y Gomez is open for takeaway only.
Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant at The Junction is offering free (within 5km) home deliveries as of March 21. Phone 4927 6775 or email habeshafood.com. Delivery fees apply for orders under $30 and outside the 5km radius.
Hamilton Station Hotel is closed. The bottle shop is open, reduced hours.
Happi Chicken at Kurri Kurri delivers home-cooked meals to your home and offers pick-up.
The Happy Wombat in Newcastle has closed until further notice but has opened the Little Burrow coffee cart and a growler station, and has a takeaway food and alcohol menu. Order online at thehappywombat.com for pick-up or delivery.
Harrigan's at Pokolbin has closed.
Harris Farm Markets is offering express home delivery.
Harry's Schnitzel Joint at Marketown, The Junction, Thornton and Jesmond has closed all seating areas but offers takeaway and delivery (delivery not available in Thornton).
Harvey's Cafe at Bennetts Green is open for takeaway only. Phone 4948 0088.
Heritage Gardens Nursery is offering chef-prepared take-home dinners as take away. Text 0488 026 150 to order or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hippo's Espresso at Warners Bay is is offering takeaway and delivery on all menu items plus Hippo Espresso Family Packs.
The Holmesville Hotel has closed until further notice.
Hong Kong Chef is offering free delivery. Phone Kotara on 4957 6084 and East Maitland on 4006 3969.
The Hood Milk Bar offers home delivery via Uber Eats and Deliveroo for those after a gelato fix. The gelato shop and cafe is operating as normal.
Hotel Jesmond kitchen's menu is available to take away.
The Hubro is closing at 1pm and is offering takeaway only. They suggest using the Hey You app to pre-order.
The Humble Thai in Newcastle is offering delivery service every day except Tuesdays for lunch and dinner. Phone 4089 5164.
Hungerford Meat Co is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5.30pm; Saturday 7am to 12.30pm. A maximum of two customers in the store at any time; 1kg per customer per day.
Hungry Wolf's at Belmont will be delivery only as of March 24, Tuesday to Sunday, 4pm to 9pm. Payments can be taken over the phone.
Hunter Distillery is offering free shipping to your door on any sized order.
Hunters Quarter at Pokolbin is now offering a $30 takeaway package: fresh and healthy home-cooked style meals for your family. Phone 4998 7776 or email email@example.com.
Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Co is offering home delivery and pick up. Phone 4998 6713 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hunter Valley Pasta Co at New Lambton is open for business (8.30am to 5.30pm) serving take-home meals as well as pasta for you to cook at home. A minimum of two people in the store at any one time. A temporary home delivery service has been introduced with a $5 delivery fee, $30 minimum order. Email email@example.com.
Hunter Valley Wine Festival 2020 has been cancelled. It will return on June 26, 2021.
Icky Sticky Patisserie in Lorn operating as normal but with cashless payments only, no reusable cups and takeaway packaging only.
Il Cacciatore is offering take-out coffee all day; pizzas from noon; full menu from 5pm to 8pm. Delivery in Pokolbin is free (orders over $50) between 5pm and 8pm.
Industria Eats and Supplements at Mount Hutton is offering takeaway (brought out to your car) and a healthy meal prep service.
IronBark Hill Brewhouse at Pokolbin closed until further notice. Phone and online orders are still being taken.
Islas Canarias at Belmont has $10 paella, lasagna and meatball containers to take home.
The Italian Cottage at Cessnock is open for takeaway dinner Tuesday to Sunday, 5.30pm to 9pm. Home delivery is an option, minimum order $50 (10km radius). Phone 6934 1926. They also have pasta and sauces for sale.
Jam's Karaoke bar in Newcastle has closed its bar until further notice.
Jewells Tavern now offers takeaway during bistro hours. Phone 4948 9100 to order, allowing 30 minutes for pick-up.
Jules By The Lake at Rathmines is taking orders for boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables for those having trouble sourcing any. Phone 4975 5551.
Ka-fey Cafe in Newcastle inviting customers to phone in their orders and pull up outside the cafe to collect.
The Keith Tulloch cellar door is closed until further notice.
The Kiosk Newcastle Beach has closed.
Kitami at King Street has closed until further notice. The good news is, their sushi ngiri, sushi rolls, sashimi and izakaya are still available at Kitami Carrington, 53 Young Street, Carrington.
The Kent Hotel at Hamilton is now offering takeaway. Phone 4961 3303 for details.
The Koutetsu is offering take-home or home-delivery cocktails. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo ID wis required.
Lakelands Mei Vue Cafe is available as takeaway only.
The Lambton Park Hotel is closed.
Lambton Park Tea Rooms is offering takeaway or dine in (outdoor seating only).
The Landing Bar & Kitchen at Honeysuckle is offering 25 per cent off full-price takeaway orders from their menu from Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 8pm. Phone 4927 1722.
The Letter Q at Warners Bay is takeaway only, full menu and grab and go items.
The Little French Cafe in Broadmeadow is open and offering the full menu as takeaway. Phone 0455 196 070.
Little Hill Farm can home deliver a minimum order of five chickens to Cessnock, Maitland, Kurri Kurri, Toronto or Newcastle. Talk to them if you are outside of these areas. Email email@example.com for details.
Lime Pizza at Hamilton is still open with fresh pasta and pizzas made to order and delivered. Phone 4961 5529 after 4pm.
Little Castro at Lowlands Bowling Club is closed.
Newcastle's Local Crop is open with parking on King Street (entry through the the door of the store). To order email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 4089 4479 or visit localcrop.com.au. Home delivery is also available.
Lorn Kitchen is encouraging people to order by phoning 4934 3483 and staff will bring your order to your car. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 6am to 3pm; Saturday 7am to noon. Takeaway available.
Lovedale Long Lunch 2020 has been cancelled. The popular event will return May 15 and 16, 2021.
Lovedale Smokehouse has a takeaway food and alcohol menu plus take-home meals ready to go for $13.50 (550g to 600g). Phone ahead with your order on 4930 7832. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic blanket and dine in their 100-acre vineyard, too.
The Lucky Hotel is closed.
The cellar door at Lucy's Run is open as usual but deliveries can be arranged. Special deals are also being offered.
Lulu's Cafe in Newcastle is open for takeaways and deliveries via Deliveroo.
Lynchs Hub is closed until further notice.
The newly-opened Maddz on York at Teralba is open for takeaway only. Phone 4950 8194 to order.
Mama P at Charlestown is open for takeawy only. Phone 4077 5814.
Marks Point Post Office & Cafe is offering outdoor dining and take-home meals. Phone 4945 0553. They have also introduced mixed meat trays for $100 (thick sausages, beef mince, lamb chops, rump steak, chicken schnitzel and pork chops) and mixed vegetable trays.
Marks Point Sports Club has closed until further notice.
The Mary Ellen Hotel at Merewether is offering take-home meals and selling a range of grocery items. Phone 4963 1100.
Masa Madre Sourdough Pizza has take away available as always, however their dine-in options will be limited to outdoors only with extra spacing between tables and no more communal cutlery, water or condiments.
Mawsons Caves Beach is open for takeaway only and introducing home delivery soon.
MEET on Darby Street remains open as normal and is complying with capacity limits. It has also introduced a "drive away menu" Wednesday to Sunday, 5.30pm to 9pm. Phone 4925 2226 to place your order, pull up under the big pink neon sign in the restaurant's loading zone and staff will deliver your meal to your car window. Payment is by card or cash at your car window or over the phone.
Merewether Surfhouse is closed until further notice however the pizza kiosk is open from 7am daily.
Merrifield Farm Meats home deliver meat direct from their Merriwa farm. Phone 0401 834 553.
MEX Club Mayfield is closed until further notice.
The Milkman's Back is offering free delivery to selected delivery areas and they are talking to suppliers to open up special delivery days to people in need.
Milky Lane on Darby Street is offering takeaway on all orders.
Mischief Kitchen is open for business and selling essentials like fresh bread, milk and honey. They have also just introduced a fresh fruit and vegetable box that can be delivered free to those within a certain radius.
Misty Glen Wines has closed their cellar door.
Momo Newcastle is open as usual but their entire menu is also available as take away. They plan to launch a home delivery service soon.
Moor Newcastle East is open 7am to noon daily for takeaway coffee, food and retail. Takeaway dinner available soon.
Mr Schnitzel at Warners Bay is closed.
Muchos Mexican at The Junction and Maitland has the whole menu available for takeaway.
Myrtle House at Wollombi is open Friday to Sunday from 9am for takeaway food, coffee, take-home meals and more. On Saturday and Sunday, the full menu is also available as takeaway. Phone ahead on 4998 3220.
Nagisa Japanese Restaurant at Honeysuckle is now offering home delivery for the first time. A limited menu will be available from March 23, home delivery or pick-up, featuring popular dishes plus some old favourites including Tempura Prawn Roll, Chicken Avocado Roll and Chilli Pork Ramen. The restaurant is open but capacity has been limited due to the recent four-square-metre rule for indoor gatherings.
Napoli Centrale offers free delivery for orders over $60, an express pick-up window and has also partnered with Fruit Brothers to offer pre-made pasta meals, sauces, desserts, pizza bases, fresh bread (baked in the pizza oven) and gelato tubs which can be home delivered and ordered through Fruit Brothers.
The Naughty Dog has waived its delivery fees and has changed its opening hours: 11am to 8pm.
Newcastle Food and Flower Markets offer free delivery of their Boxes of Goodness. The $70 box includes fruit and vegetables, plus sourdough and three types of meat. The $100 box includes fruit and veges, sourdough, four types of meat, milk, eggs, caramelised onion and honey. The market also takes pre-order coffee and food orders available by messaging your order, make of car and registration to 0404 013 629 so they can run orders directly to your car when you pick up.
Newcastle Greens, whose primary customers are restaurants, are considering setting up a pick-up point for freshly harvested produce.
New Shanghai is open for delivery and takeaway only.
Newy Burger Co has lowered its minimum home delivery order to $25.
Newy Fried Chicken in Islington is offering takeaway for lunch and dinner. Pick-up orders can also be delivered to your car. Phone 0460 622 559 to order. Opening hours have changed: lunch 11.30am to 2pm; dinner 5pm to 8pm.
Newy Distillery is now making and selling liquid hand sanitiser. Email email@example.com to arrange pick-up from Cameron Park or order via their website.
Nor East Bistro at Newcastle Yacht Club is offering take-home meals courtesy of Urban Mess and will be delivering via Uber Eats soon.
The Northern Star Cafe is open for takeaway and home delivery, 4pm to 9pm, Monday to Saturday. Phone 4961 5963.
Oishii is offering a free, seven-day home delivery service to Cessnock, Pokolbin and North Rothbury.
One Picket Fence will cease operating at close of business on March 27.
Organic Feast is delivering to Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Pokolbin and Muswellbrook - groceries, meat, produce and more (organicfeast.com.au).
The Oriental Hotel is closed.
Our Taste of Greece take-home meals are now available at Nina's IGA in Hamilton.
Pannino Caffe & Restaurant at Wollombi is closed.
Papa Al's Bakehouse is offering wholesale pricing to the public and is now selling flour and sugar. BYO containers accepted. Shop 1/224 Maitland Road, Mayfield.
Papas Bagel Bar is now delivering to selected Newcastle suburbs. Go to orderfromus.com.au.
Parry Street Garage is closed until further notice.
Pasta Di Porto at Anna Bay is closing its doors as of March 27 but will be offering a contact-free home delivery service of their multi-award-winning product range soon. Text Domenica on 0414 482 004 to place your orders.
Paymasters is open for takeaway and delivery Wednesday to Sunday. Phone 4925 2600 or visit their website.
Pegs Cafe at Whitebridge is offering takeaway meals - including family dinner packs - and now, home delivery.
Pelican RSL Club is closed until further notice.
Peter Drayton Wines has closed its cellar door and brewhouse until further notice. Online orders and orders by phone are still being taken.
Peterson House at Pokolbin is closed until further notice but offering free shipping on all 12-bottle purchases.
Piggs Peake Winery's cellar door has closed but if you would like wine delivered to your door, phone 6574 7000 or visit piggspeake.com/online-store.
Pino's Restaurant is closing on March 27 and selling excess stock.
Pippi's at the Point is closed until further notice.
The Point Restaurant at Soldiers Point Marina is closed.
Pork Ewe Deli in Mayfield is offering delivery and kerbside service for orders.
Portion 31 at Lake Macquarie Tavern has a new menu and is trading as usual. Takeaway is now being offered.
The Poyer's is closed.
Praise Joe Urban Pantry in Tighes Hill is offering all menu items as takeaway.
The Pourhouse at Maitland is open Wednesday to Saturday and offering takeaway meals (6pm to 8pm) and alcohol (4pm to 8pm). They are working on a order App but in the meantime, order via Facebook, by phone or from the doorway. Growler fills are still going.
The Prince of Merewether is closed but the bottle shop is open and takeaway meals will be available soon.
Q & Co. at Warners Bay is now takeaway only.
Queens Wharf Hotel is closed.
Rascal continues to pump out burgers (including this week's The Sofa King special as a homage to those stuck at home in self isolation) and is taking phone orders for takeaway.
Rama cocktail bar in Maitland is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 6pm and has rearranged its seating plan for small groups only, with lots of space in between. Groups of more than four must message ahead on Facebook to be accommodated.
Rascal at Charlestown and Newcastle is takeaway only.
Raw Energy at Honeysuckle is open seven days for takeaway and phone orders for pick up and delivery. Delivery orders from 8am until 6pm.
Restaurant Kawul is closed until further notice.
Restaurant Mason remains open for business but has a new takeaway menu, Wednesday to Saturday, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Phone or text 0488 024 027 to place your order and pay by credit card. Arrive at the restaurant 30 minutes later and your order will be delivered to your car.
Restaurant Trey has closed.
The Rigby at Maitland is offering takeaway breakfast and lunch, plus wine and platters. Online ordering coming soon.
The Riverhouse Cafe in Raymond Terrace has a full menu of food, drinks and coffee as a takeaway option.
The Royal Crown Hotel at Dudley's full menu is available to take away seven nights a week.
Rustica Newcastle Beach is closed.
Sabor Dessert Bar in Pokolbin has a takeaway menu Thursday through to Monday, 10am to 4.30pm. More than 30 desserts are available. Go to sabordessertbar.com.au or phone 1300 958 939 for zero contact pick-up.
Saigon Feast is accepting orders through Menulog, or pick-up if you phone ahead.
Salina Restaurant at Belmont's menu is available takeaway.
Saltwater Restaurant at Fingal Bay has a takeaway menu, noon to 7pm. Phone 0408 052 050.
At Sanctum on Darby you can now phone in your order, pay for it via Visa and pick it up from the back door at 8/113-125 Darby Street, Cooks Hill. Visit eatsee.menu/sanctumondarby.
Sandpipers Restaurant at Shoal Bay is open for takeaway only, 5pm to 9pm (25 per cent discount for pick-ups), plus home delivery through Menulog. Menus online at sandpipersrestaurant.com.au. Phone 4984 9990.
SchillyKick Thai Fusion at Charlestown has closed.
Scottie's in Newcastle East is accepting card payment only during this time and has takeaway meals available.
Scratchley's has closed until further notice.
Sea Salt & Sage Catering in Hamilton is offering free delivery of meals within a 5km radius or contactless pick up. To order phone 0403 066 709. Open Monday to Friday, 6.30am to 2pm, Saturady 6.30am to noon.
Second Fiddle at Hamilton's opening hours are unchanged for pick-up, takeaway or home delivery. Phone 4969 3003.
Seed Cafe at Swansea has introduced curbside pick-up for orders and offers free delivery to the elderly and disabled. They also offer a selection of take-home meals. Phone 4971 0555.
Sesames on the Lake at Belmont is now offering home delivery and kerbside pick-ups.
Shane's Seafood is open for business, with a maximum of three people allowed in the Carey Bay shop at any one time.
Sherwood Coffee Bar is takeaway. You can order ahead on their app or via Facebook, too.
The Shortland Hotel has closed.
Side Pocket Espresso in Mayfield is accepting phone orders and the entire menu is available as takeaway.
Sienna's Pizzeria Bar & Restaurant in Nelson Bay is offering takeaway and delivery (alcohol with food).
The Signal Box has introduced a range of affordable take-home meals, with home delivery within a certain radius. Phone 4056 6830. Takeaway coffee and drinks are also available.
Six Degrees at Newcastle is open and their full menu is available to take away.
Skeeta's On Darby has closed until further notice.
At Islington's Smokin' Hot N Saucy takeaway and online ordering is available via the website for those preferring to dine at home (smokinhotnsaucy.com.au).
Snow's Patisserie is now offering home delivery of essentials like pies, quiches and bread. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Order via the Ordermentum website or mobile App.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club is closed.
Somerset Meats at Sandgate is now selling meat packs to the public. Phone 4960 2211.
Son of a Gun in Hamilton has altered its operating hours to now close at midnight until further notice. All dishes from the menu are available for delivery via Menulog.
Sotos Coffee Bar at Belmont is offering takeaway Monday to Saturday until 11am.
Soul Cafe is open for an express takeaway meal service 11am to 12.30pm, Monday to Thursday, and 7.30am to 8.30am Fridays. Donations can be dropped to the cafe 7am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, and 7.30am to 8.30am Fridays.
Southern Smoke Cafe is doing zero contact deliveries. Phone 0481 212 711.
Souths Merewether is closed until further notice.
Star Anise Cafe at Valentine has a takeaway menu, pre-orders and kerbside pick-ups. If you live within a 5km radius and can't get there, let them know and they can home deliver. Phone 4942 8331 or visit staranisecafe.com.au.
The Star Hotel has closed.
Stella Bistro at Dungog is now closed.
St Thomas High Tea at Carrington has temporarily closed.
Streets of Napoli at The Corner, Charlestown Square, is open for takeaway pizza. Phone 0478 480 217. You can grab a one-litre take-home tub of Popolo Gelateria while you're there.
Subo restaurant in Newcastle is continuing service as normal but is setting tables further apart for social distancing. Also, for a limited time, a Subo experience is being offered in your own home. Starting March 26, they've created a three-course menu available for pick-up. It requires basic cooking skills. Additions to the menu will be available to create an extended menu of five courses. Subo's online system system is being developed for their website - in the meantime, email with your contact details at email@example.com for further information or to purchase.
Sushi Koo is open and trialing delivery for anyone social distancing or self isolating. Text 0402 904 094.
Suspension Espresso at Islington's coffee and meals are also available as takeaway. Pre-order via the Hey You app. They are also offering free shipping/delivery for online bean/home coffee equipment on orders 1kg and over via the Suspension website.
Susuru Ramen and Gyoza has introduced contactless delivery. Delivery drivers will notify you by phone once they arrive and then place your order in a safe place to collect. Plus, take-home family meals.
Swansea Fresh & Cooked Seafoods is open for business.
Swansea Hotel is closed.
Swansea Workers Club has closed.
Swan St Deli and Larder at Morpeth is offering quality take-home family meals which can be ordered if requested.
Swell Kiosks are open daily from 6.30am. Phone ahead: Bar Beach 0438 402 850; Nobbys 0428 508 896.
Table 1 Espresso at Warners Bay has introduced in-store pick-up and home delivery to Warners Bay, Eleebana, Gateshead, Adamstown Heights, Highfields, Kahibah, Merewether Heights, Kotara, Kotara Douth, Charlestown, Adamstown Heights, Edgeworth, Glendale, Floraville, Cardiff, Belmont North, Speers Point, Lakelands, Booragul, Macquarie Hills, Hillsborough, Mount Hutton, Garden Suburbs, Maryville and New Lambton Heights.
The Taco Shack is closed.
Thompsons Pies is now offering home delivery. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 4942 1319.
Newcastle's Three Bears Kitchen is offering takeaway (Monday to Friday 7am to 8pm; Saturday and Sunday 8am to 8pm) and delivery (10.30am to 8pm). Phone 4929 4477 or 0451 533 272. Also, use the Three Bears Kitchen App, Hey You or Bopple. Meal Combos are now available for takeaway and delivery, too. Sister cafe Momma Bears Cafe is now closed.
Toil & Trouble at Merewether is open and their teas and infusions can be ordered online for delivery at madeit.com.au/Toilandtrouble. Email email@example.com.
Toronthai Toronto has takeaway lunch and dinner and is setting up home delivery.
Town Hall Hotel at Waratah is closed but the bistro is open for takeaway and on Uber Eats.
Toronto Hotel is closed but the bottle shop remains open and a takeaway menu is now available. Phone 4959 1033 to order (lunch 11.30am to 2.30pm; dinner 5.30pm to 8pm).
True Cafe and Chocolate at Lochinvar is open and offering a takeaway menu soon.
Twine Restaurant at Pokolbin has pre-ordered family packs available (meat, vegetables, fruit, bread, toilet rolls and more) to pick up. Phone 4998 7449 or email twinerestaurant.com.au to order.
Two Bobs Bakery in Nelson Bay is operating as usual, but bread is removed from the counter and stored on shelving.
Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen at Pokolbin is having a huge stock sale of vegetables, small goods and cheeses.
Two Pines Caves Beach is open.
Two Rivers Wines has cancelled tastings however the cellar door remains open for wine sales. Or, phone ahead on 6547 2556 and they will have your order ready.
The Umbrian on Hunter Street is operating as normal from 7am to 2.30pm but no longer accepts reusable cups and only accepts contactless payment.
Uptowns Bar has closed until further notice.
Finnegan's Hotel has closed until further notice but Urban Smoking Co will continue to operate through Uber Eats.
Usher Tinkler Wines' cellar door is open, or you can order online. Salumi and cheese is available as takeaway. Phone 4998 7069.
Valentine Bowling Club is closed.
Valentine Malaysian is now takeaway only until further notice.
Valerie's Pizza Parlour is closed.
Vault 73 is closed.
Vego's Vegetarian Fast Food at Islington is now available for pick-up at a window on the Beaumont Street side of the shop. Open 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 7pm for takeaway only. Phone orders in on 4067 4529.
The Verandah Restaurant Newcastle has closed.
Vincent St Kitchen + Bar at Cessnock is closed until further notice.
Vines at Hollydene is open for takeaway orders. The menu is on their Facebook page.
Warners at the Bay is open daily, 11am to 9pm, for takeaway food and alcohol. Home delivery starting soon.
The Wests Group has temporarily closed all of its clubs.
The Whistler at Maitland is selling keg stock to the public. Order online at thewhistler.com.au/shop and pick up between 10am and 4pm daily. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wilderness Chef is offering take-home meals from its Charlestown kitchen. Order on their website.
Wildflower Espresso at Wallsend and The Station are not accepting reusable cups for coffee orders at this time but are open for business as usual.
The Windsor Castle Hotel has launched Castle Eats (home delivery to your door). Takeaway is also available.
Wine House Hunter Valley has tastings by appointment only (phone 4998 7668), visit their website or email email@example.com. Free, same day delivery in the local area if orders are placed by 10am.
Winnie's Drive Through is now offering a takeaway menu from the Town Hall Hotel at Waratah. Phone 4968 2607. Open seven days, 11.30am to 8pm.
Wollombi Tavern's bar is closed. The bistro will remain open for takeaway only.
Zaaki Espresso at Mayfield West is introducing home delivery soon.
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