UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Here is a bit of sweet news — the Penn State Berkey Creamery is reopening May 11 for same-day, curbside pickup of pre-packaged items.
Like other restaurants, the Penn State landmark had to close its retail store in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It continued to serve customers through online sales.
Now that some of the mitigation mandates have been lifted by the commonwealth, the creamery staff is ready to greet customers via curbside pickup service, but under certain conditions, noted Jim Brown, assistant manager.
“We are beyond excited to be offering creamery curbside pickup,” Brown said. “However, our top concern is the health and safety of our staff and customers. As a food-service facility, we follow strict guidelines for sanitization and safety, but we are taking extra precautions in the wake of COVID-19.”
The new procedures, which will be in place until further notice, include the following:
–Curbside service is being offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday, in the East Parking Deck, which is located behind the creamery. There will be designated spots on the first floor. Customers must call between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to reserve a same-day pickup time, and they must prepay using a credit or debit card. Only orders for delivery the same day will be accepted.
–There will be a limited number of spots available each day; high call volumes are expected. Please check the creamery’s website for current availability of flavors prior to placing an order. To reserve a spot, call 814-863-4760.
“We appreciate our customers’ support and understanding of these temporary changes,” Brown said. “We all want to get back to some level of normalcy, but the times we are living in call for us to be extra cautious. However, being able to greet our loyal fans via a curbside pickup option is a positive step forward — we have missed their smiling faces.”
For the latest information about the Berkey Creamery, visit its website at http://creamery.psu.edu or follow @psucreamery on Facebook or Twitter.
–Amy Duke, Penn State University