Be JoCo Strong!

On May 22nd at 5 PM North Carolina will enter Phase 2 of their plan for reopening the state. In this phase, many of our tourism businesses are allowed to open to visitors and community members with restrictions in place and recommendations on operating from the state. What that means for you is that our restaurants can open to dine-in customers, and many of our attractions and services can resume with some caveats. 

In the coming days and weeks, we will continue to update this page with information on how, when, and to what extent our partners are open for business. We ask that you please continue to help us spread the word and support our tourism businesses...your neighborhood and local family businesses!  We will get through this difficult time, JoCo Strong!

Restaurants with a star(*) beside their link have completed the Count On Me NC training. Businesses that we know have completed training will also have a Count On Me NC badge in their listing on our website; this includes not just restaurants, but hotels, retail stores, and more!


Dine-in Options in Joco!

Spinach artichoke dip and bread served as an appetizer at Mannings Restaurant in Clayton, NC.

Dining in Joco!

Plate of hamburger and fries from Simple Twist Restaurant, Smithfield, NC.

As of May 22nd at 5 PM, several restaurants in Johnston County began offering dine-in operations again at 50% capacity. The following restaurants are still offering take-out, curbside service, or delivery.

Many of our local restaurants are on Uber Eats, Grubhub, and DoorDash, which all service areas of Johnston County. These companies are also practicing no-contact delivery (this means you instruct the driver in the notes to leave the order on your doorstep; they text you when they have done so and you then retrieve it). You can download these apps onto your phone and discover all the restaurants around you that participate in these services. Fast food locations with drive-thru windows are open for service as well.

Benson (and surrounding area)
Anthony's La Piazza *
Big Steve's Bagels
Char-Grill *
Cornerstone Cafe & Coffee
Domino's Pizza (contact-less delivery)
El Charro Mexican Restaurant
Fainting Goat Brewing (growlers to-go, food trucks offering to-go)
Glenda's Sweet Shoppe and Grill
Grill on the Hill *
Jordana's Pizzeria & Italian Ristorante (15% off curbside pickup)
JP's Pastry 
Kobe Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar
Lane's Seafood and Steak House (open Friday's and Saturday's)
Lee's Produce
Pat's Gas & Grill
Pizza Hut
Redneck BBQ Lab (plus drive-thru window) *
Stephenson's BBQ
The Clubhouse at Cleveland Square
The Grind
Waffle House *
Warren Drug Company
White Swan Bar-B-Q *

Clayton (and surrounding area)
3 Olives Pizza
9Bar Coffeehouse
Anthony's Italian Pizza and Pasta
Boulevard West (also in Grubhub)
Caribbean Delight
Clayton Beverage
Clayton Steakhouse
Cleveland Draft House *
Culver's *
Deep River Brewing *
Don Beto's Tacos, Clayton
Don Beto's Tacos y Tequila
Eden's Vegetarian (Sundays) *
Famous Philly's Cheesesteaks
Festejos Mexican Restaurant Bar & Grill
Fiesta Mexicana
Firehouse Subs
First Street Tavern *
InStill Distilling Co. (curbside pickup and private tour/tastings)
J-Tops BBQ *
Jamaica Bites
Juice Vibes
Kaze Japanese Steak House in Garner NC
La Bella Pizzaria
La Cocina
La Cucina Italiana
Manning's (amended hours)
Marco's Pizza
McKinleys Irish Pub
Mission Beef & Brews *
Nancy Jo's Homemade of Clayton
Niko's Pizza and Bar
Patty Cake's Littlest Cupcake Shop
Pelican's Snoballs
Primo Pizza
Ray's Pizza
Revival (offering curbside bartending kits, contact for details) *
Riverwood Pelicans
Rockin' Comet Diner *
Saks Neighborhood Deli
Sal Y Pimienta Restaurant and Sport Bar
Sherry's Signature Cheesecakes *
Simple Twist, Clayton *
Skylines (also in Grubhub)
Smithfield's Chicken 'N Bar-B-Q
Snoopy's Hot Dogs
Sushi Iwa
Tacos Y Burritos California
Tavern 42 (also in Grubhub)
The Grocery Bag
The Yellow House
Triple Barrel Tavern - Garner
Ugly Mug Bean & Brew
Vinson's *
Yellow House - The Community Place
Yi Ge Asian Cuisine

Local Farms Selling Items

Leafy Greens for sale in wooden crates boxes with calkboard price signs

Each farm is subject to different ordering and delivery methods and some are making the decision day to day to remain open to the public as regulations allows. Please check the listed farm's social channel or website, or even call ahead for operating hours as well as instructions on how to order and pick-up. The Clayton Farm and Community Market is now re-opened with many of our local farms selling fresh produce and products. They are practicing social distancing and some restrictions to keep customers safe.

Essential Shopping & Retail Re-openings

The exterior of DeWayne's in Selma, NC.

Both essential and non-essential retail stores can now operate in a limited capacity. This means that many retailers in Johnston County like the Carolina Premium Outlets and the Carolina Pottery are serving customers in their stores again. Please visit the Shopping section of our website for a full list of retailers in JoCo and be sure to call ahead to inquire regarding altered hours. 

Virtual Events, Classes, and More

Tobacco Farm Life Museum well and tobacco barn, Kenly NC.

Please click here to view our Events Page where we are listing virtual events, concerts, classes, tours, and more being offered in JoCo right now. In addition, the page will also have updates regarding attraction reopenings as they occur and major event rescheduling news. 

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