New service available for quarantined Soldiers, families on post
This was a week of milestones for Fort Leonard Wood’s Ozark Tavern, which not only began delivering lunch and dinner orders Monday but also began a new, separate service offering meal delivery to Soldiers and military families who are quarantined on post due to COVID-19 mitigation procedures.
“We started out slow, but throughout (this) first week, we have been busier and busier every day,” explained Chloe Elizabeth Williams, Food and Beverage Manager with Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
Ozark Tavern is open for takeout and delivery from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Delivery is only available on post. Customers can order from the restaurant’s new online menu at https://leonardwood.armymwr.com/programs/ozark-tavern.
Williams said Ozark Tavern was originally scheduled to introduce their new menu in April but was closed due to safety measures at that time, meaning customers got their first look at it this week.
“I’m excited about that,” she said. “We streamlined our offerings to ensure we can deliver top-quality dishes and speedy service. We hope people will come in and utilize our service.”
So far, things have been going well, especially with the delivery feature, Williams said.
“We hope things keep picking up,” she said. “Some of our first delivery clients have ordered food for delivery every night this week. That’s a good sign because we know they liked the food and it reached the destination fast enough. We are new to the delivery game and hope to become a staple for quick and easy lunch and dinner options for our community.”
Currently, there is no minimum order for delivery, but that could change, Williams said.
“With our current workload, we can sustain that,” she said. “But if things continue to pick up, we may have to impose a limit.”
Orders for Soldiers or families in quarantine work a little differently. Orders have to be placed at least one day in advance by clicking the “Sign up” button on the FMWR website at https://leonardwood.armymwr.com/promos/quarantine-delivery.
Deliveries are available Tuesday through Friday for meal kits in either single-serving sizes or a family size designed to feed four to five people.
“The options are (online) when they go to order, but we are working on a graphic menu of the quarantine delivery options to post on the site, as well,” Williams said. “The food will come ready to be heated in the oven. We will do the cooking — they will just have to warm it up.”
Family menu items currently include a choice of:
— Classic lasagna with salad and a baguette.
— Vegetarian alfredo lasagna with salad and a baguette.
— Chicken enchiladas with a side of corn and black bean salad.
— Grilled chicken with roasted potatoes and asparagus.
For more information about Ozark Tavern pick-up and delivery services, call 573.596.0001 or visit the event listings at leonardwood.armymwr.com.