New food business birthed in Ellijay from viral shutdown


ELLIJAY, Ga. – Amid the shutdown during the coronavirus outbreak, a new business has cropped up this weekend in Gilmer serving those at home through a new, shelter-friendly style of food service.

No, they’re not cooking, but people on social media have already started commenting and sharing experiences from this new business known as Ellijay Eats. Taking a similar model to some delivery services popularized before the shutdown, they say, “We are a new service created to help support the local restaurants in Ellijay, GA.”

Supporting restaurants and offering delivery to citizens, this entire business adds a “no-contact” style delivery service in and just outside of the twin cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay. They have noted that in these early stages, their is a set range of delivery. Early stages because the business has almost cropped up over-night due to concerns over the virus.

Even now, the owners are still working details out. One example as they said, at the time of this writing, is that they were unable to do alcohol sales deliveries due to ID checks as they haven’t figured out a process for it yet. Also, an expanding list of supported restaurants to deliver for is another limit they are looking to break. The business model mimics other delivery services that have been popularized, but this service is completely contact free.

Commenting on their own creation, their social media page stated, “The current situation is a shelter-in-place restriction due to coronavirus that makes it a challenge to support our restaurants.” They have created thei own website and facebook group in a matter of days. Indeed, the new business hasn’t even been open for a week. Making it among the first, if not the actual first business started in the area post-outbreak.

The business is owned by partners Molly Elmore and Mitch Silvius according to posts. Elmore said in her introduction, “Ellijay GA is wonderful mountain town, with many amazing independently owned restaurants that were not prepared for a quarantine situation. The vast majority were not set up to take online orders for local delivery.”

Elmore said the business was created to support local restaurants while also honoring the shelter-in-place order that has come from Gilmer County, Ellijay, and East Ellijay.

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