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Steve Strauss carries out a food order from Tiger Pin. All area restaurants remain open, but many with reduced hours and other adaptations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Local businesses adapt

by Eagle Staff
Published 3/25/20

As crowds of larger than 10 people are discouraged and social distancing becomes standard in an attempt to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it’s anything but business as usual for local merchants.

Business updates: The North Bend Area Chamber of Commerce is providing updates on business modifications on its Twitter account @NorthBendNebr. Member business owners may message @NorthBendNebr or e-mail northbendchamber at with updates they would like posted.

North Bend and Morse Bluff businesses have had to make adjustments to fit the new norm.

Owner Jeff Alderson said the North Bend Mini Mart is getting very limited shipments of toilet paper, but everything else has been stocked and resupplied as normal. He said cutting their own meat has helped keep that in stock and suppliers have been able to keep up with increase demand, some even adding an extra delivery during the week.

“Other than toilet paper, I’m 80 to 90% full pretty much constantly,” Alderson said. “We should be in pretty good shape, I’m thinking.”

The Mini Mart is also offering shopping by appointment from 3 to 5 on Sundays for people who want to be extra cautious about avoiding others. There were no takers this past Sunday, the first time the service was offered, but Alderson said he plans to continue to offer private shopping as the crisis continues.

All local restaurants remain open, with adaptations including an emphasis on carry out and curbside service. Smitty’s Brickhouse has removed all its tables and chairs and is offering carry out service only.
LeRoy’s Steakhouse and Tiger Pin now offer delivery of meals in the evenings. Tiger Pin offers curbside and carry out service for lunch, while LeRoy’s is offering limited dine-in service via reservation only to control its crowd.

Salad wrappedSalad wrapped: The salad bar at Gambino's Pizza is coverd in plastic wrap to protect it from the public during the COVID-19 crisis. Many area restaurants have made modifications during this period of social distancing.

The Corner Cafe has reduced its hours and no longer offers the salad bar or Sunday buffet but still continues to offer a daily lunch special. Owner Ginette Renard said about half of their business lately has been carry out orders.

Gambino’s Pizza is no longer offering dine-in or a lunch buffet, but is offering carry-out and curbside delivery.

The Bottom Road in Morse Bluff continues to offer full service, but is monitoring its crowds to make sure people have space.

Other changes and cancellations due to the coronavirus include:

• North Bend Family Dentistry is closed until April 1 per recommendations of the Nebraska Dental Association Board of Trustees. Dr. Riha will see patients on an emergency basis only. Call 402-652-8226 for appointments.

• St. Anne’s Salad Supper scheduled for April 20 has been canceled. Ticket money will be refunded. Watch Eagle or St. Charles Facebook for details.

• North Bend Central offered lunches last week at the north door of the high school building. Superintendent Dan Endorf said lunch offerings were being looked into. The Tiger Talk calling system will have further updates.

It is the goal of NBC to have the district website post Tiger Talk information within an hour of release. Only parents can be on Tiger Talk. Others are asked to visit

“We appreciate the patience of the patrons, professionalism of the staff and understanding of the students,” Endorf said.

• OPPD is suspending disconnections for non-payment through April 30, so customers who may be experiencing their own challenges during this time can continue to have the power they need. We will extend this moratorium, if necessary.

OPPD is adding extra precautions for bill payment by closing customer service offices and encouraging pay by phone at 402-536-4131 or 1-877-536-4131 outside the Omaha metro area, or online at

• The Dodge County Treasurers Office will temporarily close to public walk-ins starting March 19, and will begin taking appointments for necessary in-person business. This will remain in effect through April 3, but is subject to change. This may also affect the Drivers License Examiners office, so you may want to call before going to the courthouse.

The public is asked to make use of the on-line services, drop boxes and mailing whenever possible. Include a phone number in case you need to be contacted. Call 402-727-2750 with questions.

• HyVee grocery stores will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. They will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for those at higher risk, those over 60, expectant mothers, and anyone with underlying health conditions that makes them more vulnerable. This will be seven days a week.


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