Operation Updates for Open Eye Cafe – 6/20

 There are many complicated aspects to NC Phase 2 reopening, that started May 22nd; but certainly our biggest concern is the health & safety of our team and our customers.

​So in consideration of the health & well being of staff & customers, w​e are not currently planning to re-open our indoor seating​ or back patio​, but we will continue to monitor on a daily basis for ​the appropriate timeline ​of a gradual re-opening.

​Current Status:​

  •   We will continue to provide ordering at the counter for takeout. Please be mindful of keeping distance between other guests as well as employees and wait for staff to call you toward the counter.

  •   We are continuing our Online ordering for takeout or curbside delivery to cars, bikes or whatever! This is a great option for anyone who forgot their mask and is not able to enter the building – find the link on our website openeyecafe.com & look for the new designated parking signs.

  •   We humbly request ​that ​customers follow the health & safety guidelines to protect all who are in & entering the property​;​ and please stay home & rest if you are feeling ill, ​then come back & see us when you’re ​feeling better!

  • We are happy to offer a space to socially distancehang outside with your neighbor on our front patio. You can stand around the tables and give your drinks a rest, however there will be no chairs just yet. You are welcome to sit on our bench or picnic table out front, but only one person/household at a time on the bench, and no more than 2 people on the picnic table if sitting on opposite ends, unless you’re from the same household/group.

Our safety strategies:

  •   ​ ​We are currently able to successfully offer thoughtfully prepared beverages & more, while also maintaining a strict sanitizing schedule. We are confident in our proactive sanitizing systems we have established for your safety, and the safety of our team.

  •    Our staff is being certified on new health department guidelines (Count On Me NC), as well as being screened for symptoms before every shift and wearing masks at all times.

  •     Appropriate face coverings are mandatory for anyone who chooses to enter the building or order inside.

  •     We will maintain a 10 person maximum capacity inside, and ask that customers adhere to the required social distancing of 6 foot minimum when inside or outside​,​ waiting for your drinks.

We’ll keep everyone updated ​on social media, email and website​s ​of any ​changes as we move forward.

Please remember that this is a difficult time for our staff, and most employees in the service industry. We ask that you be kind to our staff & patient with all retail workers, as we all start to figure out the best way to re-open. This may look different for each business, so please try to be respectful of each individual approach, and the guidelines they’re putting in their spaces for how they operate right now.

Thank you so much for all of your continued support. We wouldn’t be here without you​,​ and are so thankful for your understanding and patience as we navigate these strange times.

with love,

Open Eye Cafe

Covid-19 and how we are staying safe

We know that the COVID-19 outbreak has affected many of you already in daily life, and these are uncertain times for everyone in our specialty coffee community and beyond.

I’m writing to let you know that our commitment to do everything possible to provide you with the best coffees, and to support our partners at origin, especially those harvesting, processing and shipping coffees right now.

We are continually monitoring and adhering to all official recommendations, and taking additional steps, to ensure our team is healthy and able to continue their work and safely provide coffee service to our customers.

Public health is extremely important to us, and it is our duty to help ensure the public safety of our customers and staff.  In that regard, below is what we at the Cafe are doing to keep everyone safe, as well as some helpful information to help keep you and your loved ones safer.

– We are encouraging all employees to work from home whenever possible and our employees have our full support at this time.
– We require that all employees who exhibit signs of respiratory illness, fever, or cough to stay at home.
– We are supplying all of our employees with disinfectant & hand sanitizer to be used constantly throughout the day.
– We have implemented the use of color-coded gloves for handling different aspects of the business and provide a barrier.
– We are also mandating thorough hand washing, and encouraging/reminding all employees to avoid touching their faces.
– We will not be holding any in-person company meetings, gatherings, or training exercises until the situation has subsided.
– We are diligent in sanitizing every touchable surface in our operations.

– We are not conducting any public cuppings, nor group staff cuppings. This includes the Carrboro Coffee Roasters Public Workshops that are currently suspended.

– We have switched to serving in paper products as take-away only and will be restructuring our hours.
– We are strategizing for next stages of potentially adding curb-side pickup.

Remember to wash hands frequently, avoid touching the face, and practice good general hygiene, including creating the Spatial Distancing to diminish potential contamination.
Remember, the best way to deal with this situation is to follow real, verifiable science and the CDC. There is a lot of misinformation out there right now. Stay diligent, healthy, support local businesses, and stay caffeinated.

Wash Your Hands Often

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Follow Good Respiratory Hygiene

Please cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Clean Phones, Etc.

Use alcohol wipes (60% or higher) to wipe down common use items, often handled directly with your hands.

Follow Social/Spatial Distancing

Keep a minimum of 6 feet of distance between individuals to mitigate potential transmission

Hurricane Florence Hours

To ensure the safety of our customers and staff, we will be closing at 6pm on Thursday, September 13th and remaining closed all day Friday, September 14th. However, our current plan is to resume our 7am-midnight hours on Saturday, September 15th.

Be safe, everyone!

Join us for live music from New Indiana on Friday, June 29th!

Come see us on Friday, June 29th to enjoy some tunes from New Indiana. The show is free and begins at 8pm.

As far back as 1999 New Indiana began working on their debut album due to release August 3rd, 2018. The album is autobiographical in nature and encompasses every stage of two musicians turned long time friends journey from the early Arizona days through the Northwest in Portland and to their current home in New York City.

Their debut album ‘Darkness Sunshine’ meanders through literal transcribed conversations they have had about the current political climate on Isis, race and drugs, while other songs take the listener to a chance meeting with Bernie Sanders outside of a small diner in Flagstaff, to the wild isolated mountains in Montana where they spent some time writing the last few songs. Through two decades, from the west and to the east, Darkness Sunshine encompasses a 19 year journey of friendship and creative pursuit.

Check out their Bandcamp page here.

We hope to see you there!

Come see Rev. Freakchild on Saturday, June 23rd!

Come see us on Saturday, June 23rd to enjoy some tunes from Reverend Freakchild! The show is free and begins at 8pm.

In the tradition of such Blues Reverends as Rev. Gary Davis – such is the irreverent Reverend Freakchild.  The Rev has played in many bands including an early incarnation of Soul Coughing with M. Doughty leaving to form the roots rock jam band Bananafish in Boston and then on to some work with The Neptune Ensemble, The Soul Miners (w/ guitar virtuoso Matt Rae), The Lucky Devils and The Cosmic All-Stars touring internationally.  The Rev has also served as a member and featured soloist of the Metro Mass Gospel Choir performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall and the Town Hall Theater. He grew up in Hawaii, holds a degree in philosophy and religion from Northeastern University in Boston and now currently resides in Colorado pursuing a Master of Divinity Degree at Naropa University. He continues to perform and preach saying, “Music is my religion. Through song I seek transcendence!”

Be sure to check out his website and listen preview some of his music here.

We hope to see you there!

See Adam Barley Live on Saturday, June 18th!

Come see us on Saturday, June 18th to enjoy some tunes from Adam Barley. The show is free and begins at 8pm.

Adam Barley is a singer-songwriter out of Charleston, South Carolina. His songs are unique rock tunes with reflective, exploratory and distinctive lyrics, melodies and rhythmic ideas encouraging the listener to explore new territory and question the “norm.” In support of his band, Adam & Elsewhere, he is on a solo tour to promote the release of their upcoming debut EP.

Check out his website or listen to some of his music here.

We hope to see you there!

The Partnership for Gender Equality

We wanted to announce our support of the Equal Origins Program In collaboration with Carrboro Coffee Roasters!
This program works to unlock the potential of coffee farming women, youth and their families, to promote equitable opportunities & catalyze a supply chain that works for everyone.
At a workshop in Nicaragua, February 27 & 28, titled “Strengthening the Links of the Coffee Value Chain through Gender Equity” , 30 participants from households, producer organizations and roasters were brought together to exchange their experiences and perspectives and work on a collaborative vision and roadmap for work at these three levels of the value chain to accelerate impact for families, communities and the supply chain as a whole.

The Equal Origins Initiative – will work to ensure that everyone, at every level of the supply chain, matters equally.
http://www.genderincoffee.org/our-partners/

 

April Artist

Join us in welcoming Lauren deSerres as this month’s resident artist! You can learn more about her amazing paintings here.

Vote for Open Eye!

Chapel Hill Magazine has opened their nominations for Best of 2018! We’re excited to be included with Chapel Hill-Carrboro’s best and brightest, and we hope that you’ll vote for us.

March Artist

Join us in welcoming Bob Thurston as this month’s resident artist!