A message from Ted Dombrowski, owner of Ted’s Butcherblock
With our community hunkering down for a new type of storm, I wanted to take the opportunity to remind our customers, neighbors and friends about the importance and benefits of supporting local businesses.
It’s good to know your local butcher, and even better when he has a small team of loyal and well-trained staff behind him. Our crew of less than a dozen are carefully trained and experienced in food handling and sanitary regulations, and this week I’ve personally instructed them on additional sanitization measures beyond the standard DHEC requirements, including:
- Wearing single-use gloves on both hands at all times and changing them frequently
- Sanitizing all tables and seats regularly throughout the day as part of table turnover process
- Wiping door handles continuously
- Providing sanitizing wipes at the counter for customers
- Increasing restroom servicing to hourly throughout the day
We cut and package our meats and seafood to order daily on the premises, and we are approved by the Department of Health to vacuum seal raw meats. This is particularly relevant at this period of time because it means that the entire process is handled by one person (usually me) and the product is completely protected from further contamination before it gets into your hands.
During this time of uncertainty, we realize that many are going to be wary of dining out. We would like to assure you that we will remain open with full offerings as long as possible, while fully complying with local, state and regional health regulations regarding safety and sanitation. We are monitoring the situation regularly and will keep you informed via social media regarding any changes in our hours or services.
In the event that you decide to “shelter in place,” please know that we are working to accommodate local delivery of vacuum-sealed meats and other pre-packaged products and meals with our existing staff. Delivery service will be available for free on the Charleston peninsula. Delivery fees will apply for delivery service beyond the peninsula. We’ll make these services available during our normal business hours as long as we can manage with staff resources.
These are the types of services and commitments that only small, locally-owned business can provide at a time like this – and any time, for that matter. Please keep this in mind when you make your shopping and dining out decisions over the next weeks, months and beyond, and choose to support local business.
Thank you for your support, and don’t forget to wash your hands!