COVID’s Impact on Downtown

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Downtown Springfield Inc polled downtown businesses and non-profits from March 31-April 3 to find out what impact COVID-19 has had on our neighborhood.

More than 40% of respondents have experienced a drop in revenue above 75%. At least 20% of the downtown workforce has been laid off, mostly in the hospitality sector. This number is likely under-representative, as our survey broadly asked for “layoffs over 20 individuals” as a category, far below the number of employees likely impacted through 5% occupancy at our downtown hotels.

The need for rapid distribution of stimulus dollars is apparent in the survey results. Most restaurants can survive only 1-2 months in the current state; a majority of businesses can make it 3-5 months before being at risk of closing permanently.

Gap financing varies by sector as well — a majority of downtown retailers need gap financing through June 1 of less than $10,000, with a majority of bars and restaurants needing $20,000-$50,000 to make it through to that date.

See all of the results here

Download a print version of the COVID-19 Survey Results Here

If you are able, please keep supporting the businesses and non-profits who make Springfield a unique and wonderful place to live through takeout, gift cards and shopping for upcoming special occasions like Easter and Mother’s Day. You can find a list of Sangamon County businesses and their hours at SpringfieldZoom.com.

Go to SpringfieldZoom.com for Complete Updated List

Economic development organizations in Springfield and Sangamon County are working in tandem to help all of our businesses make it through the current COVID-19 shutdown.

A new website, donated by a local Springfield business, will consolidate business information across Sangamon County to keep consumers apprised of the status of their favorite local businesses and their services in one, easily searchable, place.

The website is SpringfieldZoom.com.

Any Sangamon County business or organization can simply click on “Register My Business” to get started. It takes less than three minutes for a business to create a free account. Plus they can update their status as the situation changes.

For the public, they can easily search for their favorite businesses to find out their status and whether they can purchase gift certificates, get take-out, etc. 

This one-stop website was built and is being donated by Springfield businesses GoWeb1 and AlertsMadeEasy.com, who built it in two days. They are donating this effort for the entire business community in Sangamon County as a free tool to help businesses and organizations quickly communicate their operational status to the public.

All of the partner economic development organizations will market this site as Sangamon County’s one-stop information source for consumers to look up business openings and closings throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis.

CONTACT
Val Yazell, City of Springfield Office of Planning and Economic Development
Josh Collins, Sangamon Springfield Growth Alliance
Chris Hembrough, The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
Lisa Clemmons Stott, Downtown Springfield Inc
Katie Davison, Innovate Springfield | Macarthur Boulevard Association
Chris Long, Local First Springfield
Kevin Lust, Illinois Small Business Development Center at Lincoln Land Community College

Downtown Restaurants with Delivery or Curb-side Pickup

We will keep adding to this list as we hear from our downtown businesses. Don’t forget to consider gift certificate purchases from restaurants, bars and retail as well!

Look for the bagged meters to pick up your order!

CURB SIDE PICK UP

Arlington’s at 210 Broadway – menu online

VELE order online and pick up at Curate only Wednesday – Saturday from 4:30pm – 8:30pm

Buzz Bomb options from the tap room including package beer, growlers, gift cards, and merchandise- pick up at 406 E Adams on Fridays 2-8pm & Saturdays 12-6pm

Jerk Shop Go – menu online – call for pick-up (217)717-0299

Anvil & Forge brews available – pick up at 619 E Washington

Cafe Moxo – order online

Sangamo Club – members can order carryout by phone from 10 am – 6 pm daily (menu via direct daily email)

Head West Subs at 530 E Capitol Ave – order online for pick up

La Piazza open during Lunch Tues – Sunday 11am – 2pm and Dinner 2pm – 7pm – menu here and call for pick up at 217-572-1442

Coopers Streatside offering Take and Bakes available for pick-up Tuesday from 10am – 12noon & 3pm- 5pm curbside. Please place orders by 6pm Monday 3/16

Anchors Away order online and pick up at 518 E Capital

Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery & Eatery – Offering curbside pick-up including growlers and $1.00 OFF crowlers (32 Oz. Can)

Order online and pick up at Incredibly Delicious 925 S 7th 7:30 am – 3 pm

Feed Store pick up from 11 am – 3 pm M-F – see menu then call (217) 528-3355

Saputos will be doing curbside service from 11AM-7PM. 801 East Monroe. Check out the menu and call ahead (217) 544-2523.

Pease’s at BUNN Gourmet (DSI Member) – call for carryout/curbside orders at 217-793-1840. Through Friday, March 19, you can order a pastry to go with it for 25% off.

Jimmy John’s at 219 S 6th – order online

Wm Van’s Coffee Shop 8 am – 3 pm Order online and pick up

Long Nine Junction at 5 W Old State Capitol Plaza – menu on Facebook and call (217) 210-2400

Augie’s Front Burner at 109 S 5th St. – Orders taken Tuesday-Saturday with pick up times from 4-6:30pm – menu posted on Facebook and order online

Loukinens on 4th – Monday-Friday from 11am – 6pm, call 217-670-1363
or email your order after reviewing the menu here 

Tacology 101 at 219 S 5th – open Wed – Sat from 3-8 – order online for immediately curbside pickup from the full menu or choose the new Family Dinner Box

CURRENTLY CLOSED DiPiero’s Italian Restaurant – menu on Facebook then call (217) 572-1410.

 

DELIVERY

Cafe Moxo – order online – $30 minimum gets you free delivery

Custom Cup – order online

Arlington’s – via UberEats

Jerk Shop Go via Door Dash or via UberEats or via GrubHub

Maldaners – via GrubHub

Head West Subs – order online

La Piazza via Delivery.com

Tokyo Mini Mart & Wheels is a bicycle delivery service – book on Facebook

Anchors Away via DoorDash

Aztca via DoorDash

Incredibly Delicious – find out more

Feed Store via Delivery.com 

Pease’s at BUNN Gourmet (DSI Member) via UberEats or via GrubHub

Jimmy John’s – order online

We’re Open This Weekend

Downtown will be open this weekend. Check our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute event happenings.

To celebrate the St Patrick’s Day holiday, the City is allowing plastic or aluminum containers of alcohol outside from 11 am – 5 pm on Saturday, March 14th. Drinks must be purchased at a participating downtown bar as outdoor sales are not allowed.

BARS

  • Buzz Bomb Brewery opens at 10 am on Saturday and for Boozy Brunch on Sunday
  • Club Station House opens at 9 am on Saturday
  • Anvil and Forge opens with new releases at 8 am on Saturday
  • Craft Beer Bar opens at noon on Saturday
  • Gin Mill opens at noon
  • Celtic Mist opens at 10 am on Saturday
  • Floyd’s Thirst Parlor opens at 7 am on Saturday
  • JP Kelly’s opens at 7:30 am on Saturday
  • Frankie’s Brewhaus opens at 8 am with breakfast and beverages on Saturday
  • The Incubator opens at 10 am on Saturday
  • The Alamo opens at 8 am with breakfast burritos on Saturday
  • WetBar opens at 11 am on Saturday
  • Try Terra Ferment from 2 – 11 pm on Saturday

RESTAURANTS

  • Obed and Isaac’s from 11 am – 11:30 pm
  • Boone’s Saloon opens at 8am with breakfast
  • Robbie’s Restaurant will be open 11am-3pm Saturday serving their corned beef & cabbage along with potatoes & Irish soda bread
  • Long Nine Junction open from 11 am – 3 pm
  • VELE will be open for regular dinner service on Friday and Saturday (4 pm bar 5 pm dinner – 11 pm)
  • Cafe Moxo open 6:30 a – 3 pm on Saturday and free delivery for orders over $30 (every day except Sunday)
  • La Piazza open 11 am – 10 pm on Saturday
  • Di Piero’s open 5 -10 pm on Saturday
  • Order online from Head West
  • Maldaner’s Restaurant is open from 5 – 10 pm on Saturday
  • Tacology 101 open from 11 am – 5 pm
  • Anchors Away open from 11 am – 10 pm
  • Try the new Jerk Shop Go from 11 am – 9 pm
  • Saputo’s open starting at 5 pm
  • Springfield Carriage Company 8 am – 8 pm with green eggs and ham and free mimosas
  • Enjoy Coffee Cake Donuts with green icing and Green Tea Cupcakes from Wm Van’s Coffee House from 7a-7p

RETAIL

  • Willow & Birch’s online store offers 17% off through Sunday
  • Springfield Vintage is open 11 – 5 pm with 20% off all day Saturday
  • Dumb Records is open 10 am – 8 pm with bands starting at 7 pm (all ages show)
  • Murphy’s Loft is open from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday
  • Corrine’s Closet is open from 10 am – 7 pm on Saturday
  • Studio on Sixth is open from 10 am – 5ish
  • Wild Rose is open 10 am – 5 pm
  • Reverie Apparel is open 10 am – 2 pm
  • Itty Bitty Fashion Trunk is open 10 am – 2 pm
  • The Elf Shelf open 10 am – 3 pm

Our neighborhood understands that some people may be social distancing right now. If you choose to go out, please keep your hands washed & clean and don’t shake hands.

Whatever you decide, we encourage everyone to please continue to support local business. Please consider taking one of these actions this week:

-Buy Gift Certificates
-Order Restaurant Delivery for a Friend Who Is Freaking Out
-Donate Your Ticket Costs Back to the Venue if Event Has Been Cancelled
-Fill A Growler and Take It Home
-Give to Cultural Institutions
-Give to Social Service Agencies
-Be Mindful with Your Health and Health of Your Neighbors

Generous tipping is also very much appreciated. People working in Springfield’s very important hospitality industry don’t always get sick leave and very small businesses don’t have an army of staff.

This is going to be tough going for a while and we appreciate your support!

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