TULSA, Okla. — Chimera Cafe is working to serve the public but in a different way. While many restaurants have opened their lobby to the public again, Chimera is still doing curbside pick up for their to-go orders, all while donating pans of food to local non-profits.
Staff says they’re going to play it safe and continue to serve the customers they love at their cars, rain or shine, for the next 4 to 6 weeks.
"We want to serve our customers but still be very careful during this time," said Britt Galloway, the Chimera General Manager. "It's about being safe during this time, and we want to make sure our customers and our employees are safe and feel comfortable."
The restaurant has been serving locally sourced plant-based meals with gluten-free options for seven years at their location at 212 North Main Street.
"It's about being there for the community," Galloway said. "Because when we buy products from local farmers to make our food and coffee, it supports them, too."
Chimera's staff are proud of the inclusive plant-forward menu, which caters to various eating habits while still being conscious of what they sell.
"We do focus on plant-based meals, but we still have options," Galloway said. "And, when it comes to food ethics, it's important that we know where it comes from, especially when it's animal products."
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Chimera has been selling the bread they bake fresh from scratch and locally sourced coffee, eggs, and milk to help people cut down on trips to the grocery store. In addition to selling locally sourced products in bulk, the owner, Rob Stuart, and his staff have been focusing on helping to feed those in need.
"I see the Cafe as a center and a hub for the community," Stuart said. "So, we are just continuing to play our part; we want to continue to help as long as we are able."
During the first two months of the pandemic, Chimera started a program called "Shift Meals," which gave complimentary meals to anyone in the restaurant and bar industry.
"Our industry was hit really hard, and it's important that we take care of each other," Galloway said.
Now, staff at Chimera are continuing to give to others by being a part of the Tulsa Kitchens Unite program coordinated by Hunger Free Oklahoma.
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