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Hot Hive!

Hot Hive!

A couple of weeks ago we had some really nice weather…outside…but the temp in the kitchen was a little too much. That’s when I discovered our AC had given up. As in it needed to be replaced. In the middle of all of the other things going on. Of course the AC died.

So we made some calls and someone came out immediately. He climbed up on the roof, cane back down and said he could get started immediately. A couple of days later (working around the rain) we had a new AC installed. So if you need some help with your AC since it’s about to start getting warm out there (I think!) give Bacer Sweis a call at N-Case heating and cooling in Minooka. He did good work and he was fast!

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A note about our curbside pickup

A note about our curbside pickup

I saw a post on Facebook tonight that irritated me. A business (not a local one) is charging customers a fee for curbside pickup. It’s being justified as covering the cost of picking your orders and bringing them to your car.

Let me explain something…curbside pickups have been implemented to ensure everyone’s safety and to slow the spread of a virus. There should never be a fee tied to this. Besides all of that, without being allowed to have curbside pickups, a lot of businesses would flat out be closed.

We are EXTREMELY grateful to each and every one of you who are still showing up and getting food from all of the businesses that work here, and I can’t imagine charging you extra for doing that. Ever. You’ve made it possible for us to stay open and pay the bills. Thankful doesn’t begin to describe it.

Important note about The Hive and COVID-19

Important note about The Hive and COVID-19

Due to the current situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, we are closing the Hive Storefront to customers. HOWEVER! We’ve just opened an online store that will allow you to place orders and arrange Hive curbside pickup!

Visit the online store here.

We take the health and wellbeing of our clients and our customers very seriously, so while we apologize for this hopefully temporary change in business arrangements, we want to help everyone get through this as safely and quickly as possible.

Our clients will still be able to use the kitchen for any work they have lined up and they will be providing us with new items to sell online as well. So check back often to see what’s been cooking at The Hive.

What a week! Right!?

What a week! Right!?

So…First off, thank you to everyone who came in and showed a huge amount of support to this place and all of the food businesses that work here. We all really really appreciate it. Monday was a crazy day, and so was Tuesday, then Wednesday started to get back to normal as far as traffic into the kitchen. Yesterday I thought things had calmed down…and then today we went back to crazy town. A lot of people asked if we would be closing due to the new orders today. Yes and no.

The kitchen will remain open for the food businesses who need the space to work. The storefront will not be open to customers. If there is something you want or need, there will be two ways to get it: picking it up outside, or having it delivered. Delivery option at this time will only be available for those in need… if you are in a category considered vulnerable (immunocompromised or elderly) we will work out a delivery. The deliveries will all be no-contact. You can place an order on the phone and pay by credit card or we can give you a total and you can leave payment in an envelope at your door. It is very important that none of us have contact with one another at this point. All other orders will be sidewalk pickup. We will have tables outside and will leave items being picked up on the tables in bags with names clearly visible. Hours are to be determined.

I know this is weird. This is new territory for all of us. But the most important thing here is keeping everyone safe while we try to maintain a little bit of normalcy in all of the chaos. We will start this on Tuesday. Monday the kitchen will be full with private chef jobs and Florian prepping chicken for his Tuesday location. Tomorrow he will be parked as usual at River Hawk Brewing, so if you usually stop by to see him on Saturday, stop by to see him tomorrow. Practice your social distancing wherever you go, 6 feet of space between you and anyone you encounter. So just throw your money at him and he will throw chicken at you.

We’ll work this all out. Try to keep your sense of humor because all of this is pretty damn depressing and scary sometimes. We’ll keep doing our part and you keep doing yours and soon enough we will all get through this.

The Hive and Your (and our) Health

Alright everybody. Listen up.

I’ve been getting the emails and notifications all day from companies saying they’re going to elevate their cleaning habits to combat this virus and keep everyone safe. Number 1: why haven’t they been keeping their places clean all along!? 🤣 Number 2: there’s only so much businesses can do to keep customers safe…and all it takes is for that one sick customer to walk through the door and ruin everyone’s day.

Everyone who works in this kitchen has had health department certified food manager and sanitation training classes. This means we all not only know how to prevent food borne illnesses and how to wash our hands and when to wear gloves and how to sanitize everything, but we also know that there are times when people should not be in the kitchen. This also includes people who don’t work in the kitchen. For our renters, anyone who attempts to come to work in the kitchen while showing any symptoms of an illness (respiratory illnesses are impossible to hide) will immediately have their contracts suspended.

NOW. IF YOU ARE A CUSTOMER: and if you are sick, and this is even outside of this coronavirus epidemic, PLEASE do not come to the kitchen. I have done this for people on many occasions, if you can not get to the kitchen due to illness or impairment I will arrange a delivery. It may happen after 6pm when we close but I will come to you. Stay out of the kitchen. Keep your sick kids at home.

Next week we will have several food businesses ramping up soup production and will have plenty of cold and flu survival kits on hand (soup, local honey, cookies, tea and tissues!) JUST IN CASE anyone happens to be feeling under the weather. Otherwise, we’re business as usual and will continue to make dinner so you don’t have to.

Hive 2 Update

Hive 2 Update

Floor is done (awesome job Infinity Concrete Creations 👍🏻) plumbing is done and sinks are in (thank you SO much Omega Plumbing 😁) equipment is delivered and tables are assembled (thanks Ken!) walls are patched and painted and we just have a few more small projects (front counter needs to be painted, some trim in my office (I HAVE AN OFFICE!) and then a major cleaning job and we’ll be good to go for the inspections. Still have a couple of appliances to move over from the first kitchen but we can’t do that until this new Kitchen is approved for occupancy, people need those until the very last minute. So there are a couple of empty spots here for now. Almost. There.

The Hive Kitchen 815-922-7540
25520 Pheasant Lane Unit D Channahon IL 60410