State, county, local officials: Just stay home - Businesses limited

by By Josie Fox

By Josie Fox

As cases of Cornonavirus (COVID-19) continue to rise across the state of Texas, stricter steps have been put into place to help contain the spread.

On Thursday, March 19, Texas Governor Greg Abbott released an executive order to temporarily close gyms, bars and restaurant dining areas. The order also limits social gatherings to no more than 10 and restricts visits to nursing homes and retirement facilities. The order became effective on Saturday morning and will remain in place until Friday, April 3.

“All jurisdictions must work to contain the spread o COVID-19 for at least the next two weeks,” Abbott said during his televised statement on Thursday. “We are doing this now, today, so we can bet back to business as usual more quickly.”

Abbott also went on to release an order that will allow restaurants to deliver alcoholic beverages and waived previous TABC regulations that would have hindered that.

“Restaurants in Texas can now deliver alcoholic beverages with food purchases to customers,” Abbott wrote on his official Twitter account. “In response to #coronavirus I waived some regulations that hindered that. These next few weeks it’s important to support our restaurants. They’re a great source of food for Texans.”

Following the order, many local eateries changed or adapted their menu or hours of operation to continue to provide take out options for their customer. Here is a list of some of the updated options for Cherokee County:

Coffee shops, bakeries, cafes

YellowWood Coffee located at 597 N. Main Street in Rusk is offering curb side service and delivery options for their coffee, tea and smoothie options. For information on their menu or to place an order call (903) 683-4000.

The Daily Grind located at 111 W. Fifth Street in Rusk is offering curb side service for their full coffee, dessert and lunch to-go options. Their full menu can be found on their Facebook page, along with any specials currently running. To place an order, call (903) 683-1500.

The Ritual located at 214 S. Main Street in Jacksonville has announced their signature dishes and lunch specials will remain available through delivery and curbside pick up options. Along with lunch options, items available in their shop such as honey, teas, jewelry and gift cards will be available for purchase. To view menu and product options, visit their website at Orders can be made by calling (903) 284-6880.

The Patio Donuts and Coffeehouse located 311 N. Jackson Street in Jacksonville has announced they will continue to offer their services through their drive thru. The drive thru is open from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m. until noon on Sunday.


K.T.’s Seafood located at 145 Dickinson Drive in Rusk announced their full menu will be available as a to-go option and they would maintain normal business hours. K.T.’s is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday. They are closed on Monday. To place an order call (903) 683-5721.


El Corral located on the square in downtown Rusk is offering pick up and delivery meals only. Alcoholic beverages are available to go, with purchase of food -- limit two per customer.

Abuela’s Mexican Restaurant located at 655 N. Main Street in Rusk has announced they will provide their full menu as curbside pick up. They are open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday. For more information about their menu options or to place an order call (903) 683-3100.

Los Regios Mexican Restaurant located at 517 E. Rusk Street in Jacksonville posted new hours to their website recently. To-go orders can be placed and picked up between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week. To view the menu, visit their website at or call (903) 339-6611 to place an order.

Jalapeno Tree is offering to-go options for limited menu selections at all of their east Texas locations. Although delivery options are available at some locations, the Jacksonville location is providing to-go pick up only. For more information on menu options, hours of operation and how to place an order visit their website at and select the location nearest you.

Burgers, barbeque and more

All-Star Bar-B-Q located at 267 S. Dickinson in Rusk is offering to-go ordering for their full menu. All-Star is open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For a full list of menu items and options, visit their website at

Eagles Den located at 128 N Dickinson Drive (the corner of U.S. Highways 84 and 69) has announced their drive thru will remain open. Eagles Den offers made to order hamburgers, cheeseburger and daily lunch specials, including fried fish on Fridays. To place an order call (903)683-2721.

Legends Old-Time Burger Café located at 1630 S Jackson Street in Jacksonville announced curbside pick up orders will be available. Legends offers made to order hamburgers, steak and chicken strip baskets, salads, sandwiches and more. A full menu has been posted to their Facebook page and orders can be placed by calling (903) 589-6704.

Commerce Street Drafthouse located at 401 E. Commerce Street in Jacksonville is providing curbside pick up as well as limited delivery options with a minimum purchase requirement during the hours of 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-7 p.m. on Saturday. Along with food options, the drafthouse will also offer growler fill-ups. To learn about their menu options or to place an order call (903) 541-2141.

Chili’s is offering curbside, pick- up and delivery options, based on location with the ability to place an order and pay online or by calling in. For a complete list of menu and delivery options for the Chili’s location nearest you, visit their website at

Pizza and pasta

Dominos, Little Ceasars and Pizza Hut locations will continue to provide carry-out and delivery options, where available. For information on the hours of operations, menu choices and online ordering for the location nearest you, visit their website at or

Milano’s located at 370 N. Main Street in Rusk will continue to offer delivery services as well as offering curbside pick up options. Milano’s offers a wide selection of pizza, pasta, wings, subs and calzones. To learn about their specials or to place an order call (903) 683-6001.

Fast Food

Whataburger, Subway, Taco Bell, Panda Express, McDonald’s, Burger King, Dairy Queen and Wendy’s will continue to offer their full menu through the drive thru, with several also providing curbside delivery. For more information on what your local restaurant is offering, please visit their website, mobile app or call in.


Maydelle Country Wines announced they will be available for delivery within a 30 mile radius as well as offering curbside pickup at their location in Maydelle. Someone age 21 or older must be present to accept the delivery. To place an order call (903) 795-3915.

*Publisher’s Note -As regulations and restrictions are fluid and ever changing in regards to COVID-19, the Cherokeean is dedicated to keeping the readers in our community updated. Please visit our website at for the latest news and updates on COVID-1