Like most businesses these days, the Double Wide Bar has had to lean on creativity to stay afloat. So owner Kim Finch has flipped her Deep Ellum bar into the Double Wide Git ‘N’ Go, a makeshift drive-thru grocery peddling pickles, make-at-home cocktail kits, beer, and lots more. This May 9 and 10 will be the bar’s third consecutive weekend as its new persona.
“Usually when we throw a big parking lot party, we have a food vendor, so we contacted all our buddies and said, ‘Whacha got? What do you wanna sell?'” says Finch. She’s enlisted the likes of Petra and the Beast and its various pickled goods (mushroom, bok choy, celery, green beans). Mot Hai Ba, too, has signed on with Thai chili hot sauce and beef jerky. There’s grass-fed beef from Tate Farms, Luscher’s Red Hots, tamales from Casa Masa, OG Buttermilk Pie, even paper goods. “We feel like some of our customers still don’t want to go to the store,” says Finch, “So we figured we can do it in a safe way, and provide them food and drink and also their toilet paper and paper towels and disinfectant wipes.”
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They try to bring in something new every weekend, or at least new items from repeating vendors so customers have some variety. The Git ‘N’ Go menu is live now. Order online, then schedule a pickup time, drive into the Double Wide’s lot and they’ll bring your groceries to you. Simple as that. Order locally-made eats, some fun drinks—Yoohoo Yeehaw, anyone?—and support your local economy that’s taken a huge hit.
“Yeah, it’s stressful. Everybody’s stressed out. Everybody is kind of on edge,” she says, but that hasn’t squashed Finch or her team’s ability to find the comedic silver lining. Back in March, they launched QuaranTV where bartenders would deliver funny cocktail recipe how-tos, like this one. But since the space was small and not ideal for social distancing, they’ve had to film elsewhere. Most recently they shot a bloody Mary video with a super small crew out on Tate Farms. “We’ve always been ones to poke fun at ourselves and not take ourselves too seriously—we’ve definitely embraced that even more now.”
On top of her duties as a budding grocer, Finch is still chipping away at her third bar project across the street from the Double Wide. Finch has to laugh at the less than ideal timing of it all too. “You gotta roll with the punches. You gotta bob and weave and have a good sense of humor as long as we’re staying safe, taking care of each other, and looking out for each other.”
Double Wide Git ‘N’ Go, May 9 & 10:
Specialty Cocktails & Drinks
*YooHoo Yeehaw, Bloody Marys, Twisted Tang (our version of a margarita), HurriTang, Brambalama Ding Dong, Ranch Waters, and we have added a few rotating Fever Tree cocktails
*Six- and 12-packs of beer
*Beer and shot combos
Local Food Vendors
*Casa Masa (tamales, salsa, queso)
*Luscher’s Red Hots
*Department of Bread (fresh local sourdough)
*Petra and The Beast (pickles)
*Mot Hai Ba (Thai chili hot sauce, beef jerky)
*The Bucking Pig (sliced brisket, pulled pork)
*Bentley’s (Batch 5 Hot BBQ Sauce)
*Bonafide Bettie’s Pies (pies, cobblers, cakes)
*The Jelly Queens (balsamic fig, peach local jelly)
*Musgrove Lavender Farm (hand sanitizer)
*Tate Farms (pasture-raised beef)
*PDC Meal Prep (casseroles)
Toilet paper, paper towels, disinfecting wipes, gloves, hangover kits, smudge kits, Frito pie kits, and snacks.