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COVID-19

WHAT IS SIDECAR DOING IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?

In these uncertain and unsettling times, we’re so honored to know that our doughnuts are a source of true happiness. As such, we are taking every precaution necessary to ensure we are able to keep those smiles comin’ safely, and for as long as possible.

 

Our shops are following (and meeting!) all federal, state and local regulations & guidelines as they pertain to safety, sanitation, and the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are closely monitoring the situation from both a local and national standpoint, and are continually making adjustments in order to adhere not only to imposed regulations, but also to the needs of our team and customers. Following are the measures currently implemented across all Sidecar locations in response to the growing concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

 

We are following – and in some instances exceeding – the CDC’s guidelines for safety and sanitation in all our stores.

 

We are encouraging all customers to order delivery and/or place their orders ahead of time for pick-up by calling their local Sidecar, via Postmates/UberEats/GrubHub (location dependent) in order to limit exposure to staff and other patrons.

 

Our shop doors will remain closed in order to closely monitor the number of guests in the store.

 

We have a “Doughnut Bouncer” working our doors, and are limiting the number of guests in each store to two parties (6 people total) at a time. We have also placed tape markings on the floor/ground 6-feet apart on which people need to stand while waiting in line.

 

We are sanitizing our shops every hour, and our registers are wiped down after each transaction. We are also providing hand sanitizer for both guests and staff.

 

Before each shift employees will have their temperatures taken and will need to complete a “symptoms check” form prior to starting their shift.

 

All of our front and back of the house staff are wearing gloves and masks at all times.

 

We are requiring all customers 2 years old and older wear a mask when inside our shops, as well as when OUTSIDE placing an order with a member of our team, picking up an order placed online/over the phone, and while standing in line. *Please ensure your mask covers your entire nose, mouth AND chin at all times!

 

We have implemented a detailed hand washing protocol that requires staff to wash their hands regularly.

 

We have installed plexiglass shields at our registers as well as at our pick-up tents/areas.

 

We have temporarily removed outdoor seating areas.

 

We have temporarily discontinued our sampling program.

 

We have temporarily discontinued use of reusable drink and dish ware, as well as our “bring your own mug” program; and are only using to-go/disposable containers.

 

All items from our customer coffee stations including plastic utensils, napkins, straws, milks & creamers, sugar packets, etc. are now kept behind the counter and available by request only.

 

Water dispensers have been temporarily removed from our service counters.

 

Staff cell phone use has been limited to work-specific calls/texts only, and all staff are required to wash their hands following CDC guidelines after each time they use their phone.

 

As we make additional changes, we will update this list as well as share as much information as possible via our social channels. Thank you so much for your ongoing support during this time!

ARE ALL OF YOUR SHOPS STILL OPEN?

YES! All of our shop locations are currently open. Please head to the LOCATIONS page of the site for hours and additional information.

ORDERING

HOW DO I PLACE AN ORDER AHEAD OF TIME FOR PICK-UP?

*Due to extremely high call volume, we will not be able to accommodate all phone orders at this time. If you have trouble getting through to the location you are looking to order from, please either use one of online services outlined below, or visit one of our shops… we are still happily taking walk-in orders for takeout and would love to see your smiling face! 

 

Each of our locations is able to accept pre-orders for pick-up of up to 4 dozen doughnuts via the methods outlined below. For orders of more than 4 dozen, please CONTACT THE SHOP NEAREST YOU by phone or email with your request, and the management will let you know what is possible!

 

COSTA MESA

Via phone at 949-873-5424 or POSTMATES

SANTA MONICA

Via phone at 310-587-0022POSTMATES (Every Day) or via GRUBHUB (Monday-Thursday ONLY!)

TORRANCE

Via phone at 424-263-5091POSTMATES or GRUBHUB

DEL MAR

Via phone at 858-847-2019POSTMATES or GRUBHUB

DO YOU OFFER CURBSIDE PICK-UP?

Unfortunately, due to store volume and staffing limitations, we are not able to accommodate curbside pick-up.

HOW DO I PLACE AN ORDER FOR DELIVERY?

While we do not offer an in-house delivery service, all our locations are on the delivery platforms outlined below. As these services do have specific areas to which the can/cannot deliver, please be sure to place your order from the Sidecar nearest you:

 

COSTA MESA

POSTMATES

 

SANTA MONICA

POSTMATES (Every Day), GRUBHUB (Mon-Thur ONLY), UBEREATS (Mon-Thur ONLY!)

 

TORRANCE

POSTMATESGRUBHUBUBEREATS

 

DEL MAR

POSTMATESGRUBHUBUBEREATS

WHAT IF I NEED MORE THAN 4 DOZEN DOUGHNUTS?

Due to the way we operate (frying in small batches throughout the day), typically the largest pre-order we are able to accommodate is 4-dozen. That said, depending on the day/time you are ordering for, we can sometimes handle more than that. PLEASE CONTACT THE SHOP NEAREST YOU with the details of your request, and someone from the management team will get back to you ASAP.

DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS ON LARGER ORDERS/BY THE DOZEN?

We do not. Due to varying flavor prices, all doughnuts are priced individually, no matter the size of your order. However, we do offer our “The Sidecar Classics Box,” “The Sidecar Seasonals Box,” and special monthly variety boxes at slightly discounted prices – head to any of our location’s menu page for more details.

CAN YOU CATER MY WEDDING/OFFICE PARTY/BIRTHDAY/EVENT?

Unfortunately, at this time we do not offer any sort of on-site catering. If you are interested in simply serving our doughnuts at your event and are able to pick them up from one of our shops, please CONTACT THE LOCATION NEAREST YOU/YOUR EVENT with your request, and the management team will let you know what is possible!

DO YOU DO DOUGHNUT CAKES / DOUGHNUT WALLS?

We think they are super fun(!), but we do not do doughnut cakes. In the event that you would like to construct a cake made out of our doughnuts on your own, please go ahead and place an order for pick-up using one of the methods outlined in the “How Do I Place An Order Ahead of Time for Pick-up” question/answer above.

WHAT ABOUT MINI DOUGHNUTS?

We love everything mini (um, mini pigs, what?!), but so sorry, we do not offer mini doughnuts. However, might we suggest our Buttermilk Drops?

 

Our buttermilk and nutmeg cake drops, dipped in house made vanilla bean glaze, are available by pre-order ONLY. Please contact the Sidecar nearest you via phone or email with your order request.

CAN I ORDER CUSTOM LETTERS/NUMBERS/COLORED DOUGHNUTS?

As much as we would love to, we are not able to do any sort of custom doughnuts. We only offer what is on our current daily/monthly menu.

I DON’T LIVE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ­— DO YOU SHIP DOUGHNUTS?

Due to our commitment to freshness, we do not ship our doughnuts. But hey – what a great excuse to visit Southern California!

MENU / NUTRITION / ALLERGY INFO

WHAT ARE TODAY’S FLAVORS?

We offer a selection of daily flavors that are available year round, as well as rotating seasonal New seasonal flavors change the first of the month and run for either one or two months at a time. Please visit the MENU page to see what we’re currently offering!

DO YOU HAVE NUTRITION INFO ON YOUR DOUGHNUTS?

We do not have nutritional information available on any of our products. However, we can tell you that we only use the highest quality ingredients possible, never use any preservatives or artificial flavors, and make pretty much everything right in house!

DO YOU HAVE GLUTEN FREE OR VEGAN OPTIONS?

We offer a weekly gluten free flavor, as well as a monthly vegan doughnut! Our gluten free option changes every Monday, and our vegan flavor changes the 1st of each month. You can always find the current and upcoming flavors for both our vegan and gluten free flavors on the menu pages on this site.

 

Our gluten free doughnuts are made with potato flour, rice flour, and tapioca flour. Depending on the flavor, some are also made with almond flour/extract – please be sure to ask your friendly doughnut server if the weekly flavor contains almond flour/extract if you have any allergy concerns!

 

Please note that we are NOT a gluten free/vegan facility. While our gluten free/vegan flavors are made with 100% gluten free/vegan ingredients, they are prepared in the same workspace and fryers as our regular doughnuts.

WHAT KIND OF OIL DO USE TO FRY YOUR DOUGHNUTS?

We fry all our doughnuts in organic, sustainable palm oil.

DO YOUR DOUGHNUTS CONTAIN NUTS/DAIRY/EGGS/SOY?

Our doughnut flavors change often, which means the ingredients we use change often as well! If you ever have anyfood allergy or sensitivity, please be sure to ask your friendly doughnut server about how specific flavors are made in order to ensure you avoid any ingredients of concern. But to help get you started:

 

All of our doughnuts – other than those specified as “vegan” – contain eggs and milk products.

 

Many flavors are made with almond flour or almond extract, and we do often feature monthly specials with other nut products. If you have allergies or sensitivities to any type of nut, please ask if the flavor you’re looking to order may contain any.

 

Many of our doughnuts do contain trace amounts of soy, so, again, be sure to inquire before ordering if you have any issues with soy.

RETAIL

DO YOU HAVE GIFT CARDS?

Yup! We have gift cards available in any denomination at all of our locations – come on in and see us to pick one up! If you do not live in the area, and would like to order a gift card for someone who is, we would be happy to help mail one to that special someone! To place your order, please visit our ONLINE STORE. Please note that we do not offer electronic gift cards at this time – we apologize for any inconvenience!

CAN I HAVE ONE OF THOSE COOL HATS/TEES/COFFEE MUGS/ETC. SHIPPED TO ME OR A LOVED ONE?

Unfortunately, at this time, our online shop is not quite up and running, so we cannot ship any retail items.

I LOVE YOUR COFFEE — CAN I BUY IT FROM YOU BY THE BAG?

Why, yes, you can! We carry our own signature blend espresso as well as a rotating selection of single origin roasts available for purchase by the bag in any of our shop locations.

FRANCHISING & INVESTING

I WANT TO BRING A SIDECAR TO MY HOMETOWN — DO YOU FRANCHISE?

Thanks so much for loving us so much that you want to bring us to your hometown! However, we are not quite at the franchise stage of our business plan. When we get there, we will update the website with all the pertinent information.

IF I CAN'T HAVE A FRANCHISE OF MY OWN, CAN I INVEST IN SIDECAR?