In Radburn these days, great [electrical] power comes with great responsibility. Or so Picnic the Restaurant chef Christine Nunn believes.
As a service to the community, the award-winning Radburn eatery has shuffled its menu this week to accommodate storm-wearied residents sick of shivering at home in darkness.
Instead of her usual fare, Nunn is serving up a rotating assortment of comfort foods at lower-than-normal Picnic prices.
Soups, salads and starters like "mummy wrapped bangers" and "cream of toadstool [mushroom] soup" went for between $7 and $8 Wednesday, while entrees like the "Headless Horseman" -- pumpkin ravioli with sage brown butter sauce -- and meatloaf with mashed potatoes and root veggies ranged from $15 to $17.
"Not our usual fare, but just what we all need after the storm," Nunn posted on Facebook. "Fried chicken, mac and cheese, beef pot pie, meatloaf, gravy and mash...reasonable prices, come get warm, charge your phones and eat dinner with lights!"
In addition to getting a "home-cooked" dinner, paying customers can also charge their electrical devices while they eat and even drop off food to store in the restaurant's fridge or freezer while space lasts.
Nunn said a small crowd of neighborhood regulars stopped by Tuesday for a night of board games and potluck. By Wednesday the crowd had grown, as word spread that Picnic was back on the grid.
The restaurant will serve up a fresh selection of comfort food for dinner again Thursday between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
If you'd like to store food in the restaurant's refrigerator of freezer, email firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure space is still available and set up a drop-off time. All stored food should be marked with your name and whether it belongs in the fridge or the freezer.