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To Survive, Some Subway Restaurants Are Selling Their Ingredients Like Groceries

With everyone confined to their homes during this pandemic, folks are trying to stock up on as much groceries as they can in order to avoid going outdoors while the threat of COVID-19 looms. Many restaurants have taken to transitioning into a corner store model, where they’re selling their excess inventory to members of the community in need of groceries.

Sandwich chain Subway is now offering a similar model in Orange County locations they’re calling Subway Grocery.

In an effort to help support Subway employees and give back to the local communities, Subway is tapping into their supplier connections and offering up a service where customers can directly order the meats, breads, cheeses, and produce used to craft sandwiches. The service also includes frozen soups, meat and cheese party platters, and cookies.

While originally a Subway in Long Beach, CA was one of the first to offer this service, many new locations throughout Orange County and Los Angeles have begun participating in Subway Grocery.

Yes, the question could be posed: Does anyone really want Subway produce? Just thinking of all those locations we’ve visited with oxidized avocados and slightly browned lettuce does make us hesitate for a hot second. However, with ingredients coming directly from a restaurant grade food supplier, the lackadaisical care from some locations is simply forgone. Should be a pretty safe bet if you want some fresh groceries without having to go to the supermarket chains.

Those looking to order from Subway’s Grocery service can place their order through the nearest participating location here. Pick up options include a contactless curbside pick up, restaurant pick up, or delivery to select areas.

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No, Silicon Valley Startup ‘Bodega’ Won’t Kill Your Local Bodega, Here’s Why

Over the past 48 hours, the Internet has become absolutely pissed at Silicon Valley startup Bodega. The high-tech vending machine company draws its name from traditional bodega stores, and even has a logo heralding to the cats you find in them.

Fast Company’s report on their business claims that they could make these stores obsolete. Between their reporting, which portrays Bodega as a threat to the traditional corner store, and the company’s name and logo, which Fast Company uncovers is based off of a meme rather than traditional bodega cats, the startup’s business idea has come off as extremely culturally insensitive. Bodega has since received some scathing backlash as a result of the tone-deaf narrative built around it that the business’ model was to kill the iconic corner store.

Between the branding of Bodega and Fast Company’s presentation of the business, it’s clear that how the startup was marketed and its brand image are culturally insensitive. However, if you take away the name, the logo, and Fast Company’s article, the smart cabinet is pretty useful. Furthermore, it doesn’t present a threat to corner stores despite the portrayal that Bodega could put those out of business.

Why Bodegas Don’t Need To Be Worried About Bodega

Vending machines definitely need a high-tech facelift, and what this box offers in that regard is truly innovative. At its bare bones, this is a high-tech, convenient vending machine that requires an app to unlock and automatically charges your credit card. You can even change what’s inside depending on where a particular box is. For example, protein bars and powders could be in a cabinet inside of a gym while pencils and Scantrons are available in college dorm boxes. It’s a fast and convenient way to purchase and acquire items, and, if your particular need is in a box, can be faster than Amazon or online ordering.

This makes Bodega a great alternative to a vending machine, but not to a bodega. There’s so much more that family-run corner stores offer than the convenience and accessibility to particular goods. They’re a place to converse, enjoy good eats, and hang out with local friends and cats. Families and individuals own these places and give them personalities, character, and a unique history. That’s something that Bodega’s vending machines will never be able to provide to locals, and why true bodegas will still remain in business even if these machines proliferate onto every street corner. Considering they’re mainly in high-end office buildings, gyms, and hotels right now, that scenario is highly unlikely.

Overall, an affluent, tone-deaf vending machine is definitely not comparable to a store that provides culture, community, and history to entire neighborhoods. Plus, you can’t get an amazing bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich along with some quality feline company from a pantry box at 3 a.m.

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Bodega: A Dale Talde x DQM Family Meal

If you’re following this season of Top Chef All Stars on Bravo, then you probably have a decent idea of who Dale Talde is. What you probably didn’t know is Dale is a Hypebeast [holler?] at heart, which you may have caught glimpses of throughout the show.

DQM (Dave’s Quality Meats for all of you that neglect the NYC streetwear industry) decided to turn their offices into a one night pop-up restaurant for friends and family, with Talde holding it down in the kitchen. Both pork belly ramen and a rack of venison were on the menu for the night, as well as a potato chip and pretzel tart with salted caramel chocolate ganache. In typical DQM fashion, they made special edition tees available to all that attended the event. Check out some of the photos from the night after the jump from Hypebeast‘s coverage: