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Cracker Barrel to Offer These Two Items for the First Time During Reopening

You'll have something new to pair with that classic bowl of mac and cheese.

The beloved staple that is Cracker Barrel has already reopened more than 500 restaurants (with limited dine-in service) and loyal diners can expect to see some changes. But not how you may be thinking.

See, Cracker Barrel was already working on exciting new menu changes long before the pandemic hit and now, the plan is to actually speed up these programs that were already in motion.

The menu you know and love is getting a bit of a makeover with the inclusion of new dishes including chicken pot pie and Saturday fried pork chops will be rolled out, and there are two other new items you might've not expected to see that will be added, too.

And that is wine and beer.

That's right: Cracker Barrel is now offering beer and wine. Truly, what a time.

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But before you get too excited about downing some drinks while you feast on mac and cheese and chicken and dumplings, it's important to note that as of right now, the alcohol options are only available at 20 of Cracker Barrel's 664 restaurants. Dining rooms are slowly reopening, but CB is still offering up delivery and curbside pickup if you feel better about taking your food to-go.

This is all exciting news for Cracker Barrel fans, as not every restaurant chain is making it out of this rough time in good shape. Cracker Barrel hasn't been fully immune to the challenges coronavirus has brought about, either.

"I think everyone is having trouble predicting what's going to happen," CEO Sandra B. Cochran said to investors during a recent third-quarter earnings call. "The past several months have presented unprecedented challenges for Cracker Barrel, the industry, and our country," Cochran also said in a statement. "I believe our strategic priorities, such as accelerating our off-premise business, combined with the rapid actions we took to bolster liquidity, strengthen our business model and adapt our operations to the circumstances have positioned us well for the recovery period to come."

The company said it plans to open two Cracker Barrel restaurants in 2021 as well, so perhaps these new menu items will stay put. And who knows, perhaps signature cocktails might be on the rise, too. Nothing like a little mimosa action to pair with those mouth-watering Cracker Barrel pancakes, right?

Jennifer Maldonado
Jennifer Maldonado is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and health content. Read more