Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Getting Food During the Blackout

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 12:41 PM

At 9 a.m., rows of shopping carts blocked the glass doors of a darkened WinCo Foods. Staff there said a generator could power lights but that was it.

Across the street, a dozen people lined up on foot at the Happy Donuts drive-through window for miraculously hot coffee. Owner Natalie Dy, who hooked up her fryers to a generator in preparation for the potentially days-long PG&E blackout, and one staffer were busily shuttling doughnuts and counting cash — only cash.
click to enlarge The blocked doors at WinCo. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Photo by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • The blocked doors at WinCo.
Finding food is hit or miss all over the county, as is paying with anything but cash. Here's a partial list of what grocery stores and markets are open. We'll keep updating as we get information. If you need emergency water, bathrooms or electric charging, PG&E is setting up a resource center.

Eureka Natural Foods is open in Eureka only, with four registers open and credit cards accepted. There's no ice right now but call around 3 p.m. and the shipment might be in.

Both the Eureka and Arcata North Coast Co-ops are open and taking credit cards. There's no ice, but dairy and meat are half off.

The Safeway in Eureka has a couple registers open and accepting credit cards, but no EBT. According to the one staffer, stock is vanishing quickly. "It's chaos." The ice is gone and only one pallet is en route this afternoon. "People are kind of animals right now, so good luck," he said.
click to enlarge Doing a brisk business at Happy Donuts. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Photo by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Doing a brisk business at Happy Donuts.

Ray's Food Place in Valley West is open but is out of ice and taking cash only. The Ray's in Fortuna is running on a generator and is also out of ice, but while it's only taking cash, there is a working ATM on the premises.

Murphy's Markets are confirmed open as of this morning in Sunny Brae, which is taking cards only, as well as Westwood and Trinidad. The Cutten branch is reportedly open, too.

Costco is open — right down to pizza and hot dogs at the food court — but out of gas, D batteries and ice. A fresh shipment of the frozen gold came in today but disappeared quickly. Other supplies are coming tomorrow from Sacramento but no word on how long ice with take.

Iłwai kiliwh market in Hoopa is open and running on a generator, taking credit cards and EBT, and stocked with ice.

Asia's Best market, newly opened behind the Sacred Heart Church on Myrtle Avenue in Eureka, is open if you're making Filipino food, which is a fine idea.

If you haven't got a gas stove and can't face a cold peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Toni's 24-hour Restaurant is open and packed, according to staff. It's cash only but there is a working ATM — just be prepared to wait at least 20-30 minutes.

Craving Indian? Tandoori Bites in Eureka is open and even delivering.

Cafe Nooner Too in Henderson Center is open for lunch with a limited menu.

UPDATE: Brick and Fire has announced it is closed for the day.
PREVIOUSLY: True to its name, Brick and Fire will be serving wood-fired pizzas and salads only, according to its Facebook post. That's fine. You've got melting ice cream at home to eat for dessert anyway.

If you've got information on more open markets and restaurants, let us know and we'll include it in our updates. 
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Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Jennifer Fumiko Cahill is the arts and features editor of the North Coast Journal. She won the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s 2020 Best Food Writing Award and the 2019 California News Publisher's Association award for Best Writing.

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