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Need to stock your pantry? These Miami restaurants are temporarily flipping to bodegas.

Falyn Wood
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Falyn Wood

Humans are awfully resilient, and hospitality workers, in particular, seem to have a little extra chutzpah when it comes time to hold it all together. That’s the case right now for scores of Miami restaurants and bars who’ve made hard pivots to their business over the last couple of weeks. From delivery cocktails to new curbside pickup options, no avenue is being left unexplored. A handful of Miami restaurants have even converted to corner stores to better serve their communities while keeping as many employees as they can busy.

Whether you’re in need of the basics like eggs and milk, sandwich supplies or latex gloves—or you’re in the mood to splurge on a few specialty items like foie gras or fresh lemonade, these local spots have you covered.


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If Miami were on Michelin’s list, we’re pretty sure Brad Kilgore’s hip Wynwood restaurant Alter would be racking up all the stars. That hasn’t stopped the famed chef from peddling sliced white bread and dried pasta from AlterQ, a new temporary bodega offering contactless delivery and pickup. In addition to the pantry basics, you can peruse an extensive list of more elevated grocery items like truffle butter, natural wines and wagyu steaks. Batched cocktails, sandwiches, apps and snacks round out AlterQ’s menu of items prepared and packaged using preventive, contactless methods wherever possible. They’re open daily from noon to 9pm.

Chug’s Bodega

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Chef Michael Beltran helms a handful of Miami’s most beloved restaurants including Ariete, Navé and Leña at Time Out Market Miami. But he’s decided to transform Chug’s, his Cuban-inspired diner in Coconut Grove, into a bodega until further notice. The menu is updating regularly but so far includes lots of fresh produce from the local Bee Heaven Farm, a variety of dry goods, craft beer and wine plus adorable prepped meal kits. Stop by for fresh fruits and veggies and other staples daily from 8am to 6pm.

Ghee Indian Kitchen

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Ghee’s Dadeland location is currently churning out a hefty rotating menu of chef Niven Patel’s highly craveable curries and salads plus a selection of chutneys, naan, wine and beer for pickup or delivery. The acclaimed Indian spot has also started stocking up on fresh veg from chef’s personal farm, Rancho Patel, which usually arrives in the afternoon. Check Ghee’s Instagram for the latest updates.

Threefold Cafe

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This quaint local chain is going the extra mile to adapt to quarantined times. Its grocery pop-up, which was created to help shoppers avoid crowds at the big stores, is stocked with more than 20,000 items you can browse and order from home. A variety of affordable family meals are also being prepared daily, including fun brunch stuff like shakshuka and mimosa kits, hot meals and more. Check their Instagram for the latest menus and hours.


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