As restaurant sales take a major hit during the pandemic, lots of them are looking for ways to survive. Most resorted to ramping up their delivery services while others are taking their marketing campaigns to the next level.

One of the interesting moves that is gaining traction as of late is how more and more restaurants are already selling groceries aside from their regular fare. It’s a bit off-beat but it works for various reasons.

For starters, it can help the restaurants move their stocks with efficiency. Since these establishments have fixed orders from their suppliers, they either leave their sources of ingredients hanging by not taking their already-placed orders or they’re left with a surplus of supplies. By selling the ingredients they already have will let them consume their orders from suppliers even if they don’t receive the same number of customers.

Then there’s also the fact that they tend to have a lot of necessities that may already be running low elsewhere. Flour, for one, tends to run low on most supermarkets with the increased demands from newbie home bakers. Many restaurants have them in bulk and can sell them in large amounts.

All of this is also highly beneficial for consumers as it will save them from having to risk their health by going to crowded supermarkets or having to duke it out for grocery delivery services. Available both in stores and for delivery, they will save you from the hassle of queueing up at your local supermarket. Restaurants may not be able to provide everything you need in one go, they can still cater to many of your needs without too much fuss.

So if you’re looking for another place to get some of your groceries from, here are some places you can hit two birds with one stone by getting both your necessities and your next meal in one go:

Panera Bread

It’s not surprising for Panera Bread to start selling groceries during these tough times since they already sell their Panera at Home line in many supermarkets and smaller grocery stores. What makes this move different, however, is that they are now making grocery items available right inside their stores.

Their Panera Grocery campaign is an ingredients-based service that you can find in Panera bakery-cafes. So if your local Panera bakes its own goodies in-store, you can also shop for certain ingredients there.

Although Panera Bread prices are known to be a little on the pricier side,

Like with their food, however, Panera Bread promises the same quality of products through Panera Grocery. Their groceries are guaranteed to be clean and free of artificial components.

The following are some of the items that you can get at Panera Bread:

  • Milk & dairy
  • Fresh bread
  • Fresh produce

California Pizza Kitchen

CPK also recently launched its CPK Market which aims to sell not just the take-home CPK Meal Kits but other basic necessities as well. This effort is made in order to cater to CPK’s followers who want to continue enjoying their food even if they can’t come to their restaurants. They feature in-demand items that you can use to whip up the tastiest dishes at home.

What you can get at the CPK Market:

  • Rice flour & other dry goods
  • Fresh produce
  • Meat & seafood
  • Milk
  • Dry pasta
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Juice
  • Beer & wine
  • Desserts


If you’re a big fan of sandwiches, then ordering your groceries from Subway may be a good idea. The chain launched Subway Grocery just a few weeks into the quarantine so they are considered as some of the early adopters of the concept. They primarily sell the ingredients of their very own dishes in bulk so fans can whip up their own tasty sandwiches at home.

The availability of ingredients vary from store to store so it’s best to check multiple ones near you. However, in general, here are some of the stuff you can get from Subway Grocery:

  • Bread
  • Meats
  • Cheese
  • Fresh produce


Like Subway Grocery, the Potbelly Pantry is also selling its ingredients as grocery items for their ‘housebound’ clientele. However, unlike the other sandwich shop, they also sell their groceries in pre-portioned sizes and not just in bulk. This makes it easier to prepare and enjoy for smaller households.

The stuff you can get from the Potbelly Pantry are the following:

  • Breads
  • Pre-portioned deli meat
  • Pre-sliced cheese
  • Chips
  • Hot peppers
  • Bottled beverages


Fans of this regional chain got quite a treat when Fuddruckers started offering groceries in their stores. Aside from having another excuse to buy their products, fans can now also enjoy the ingredients they love from this eatery right in the comfort of their own homes. Fuddruckers sell anything that comes pre-packaged to their stores to keep the inventory moving.

Get the following items from your local store:

  • Burger patties
  • Fresh produce
  • Bread
  • Eggs

Item availability varies from store to store, too, so check in with their local store first to see what’s available.

So the next time you want to skip the grocery line for some basic food items but also want to enjoy your favorite fast food meal, these chains can be good options for you.