SAN DIEGO (KGTV)-- With the coronavirus pandemic, this year's Mother's Day is looking much different than usual. The public health order does not allow for large gatherings or traditional brunch outings. But some San Diego restaurants and are making sure this year's celebrations are just as special, even without the dine-in experience.
The Mother's Day afternoon tea party is one of You and Yours Distilling Company's most popular annual events.
"Typically, we have this entire tasting room filled with about 50 gals, and some lucky guys get to come along," tasting room manager, April Kirby said.
This year, the seats are empty, but the staff at the East Village distillery is still keeping busy.
"Tea is always an all-hands-on-deck occasion," one staffer said.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced the tasting room to adjust its business strategy. Instead of a traditional tea party this year, they are offering afternoon tea to-go boxes.
"Usually, we have individual teacups and tea trays laid out for everybody, but they'll be enjoying them at home this time," Kirby said.
Cute little portions of sandwiches, pastries, and to-go teas and cocktails are ready-packed for deserving moms. Regular customers like David Hatcher jumped on the opportunity to support.
"Normally, we would be in here and coming once or twice a week, but now the best we can do is stand in line and get our delivery order and walk away," Hatcher said.
The word got out about the boxes, so You and Yours got just as many to-go pre-orders as their regular dine-in customers. Thankfully, they have not had to lay off any of their staff.
"I'm happy to be supporting local business and eager for things to return to normal whenever that may be," Hatcher said.
Until then, it's pinkies up at home this Mother's Day.
"Thank you for the support, for all the people who have been supporting us this entire time. It's the only thing that's kept us going!" Kirby said. "And Happy Mother's Day!"