Restaurant owners set to welcome back customers. But not all our favorite spots will be open.
By SARA VANDEN BERGE
Local restaurants are preparing to re-open their doors on Friday after Gov. Greg Abbott gave the green light to welcome back dine-in customers – with restrictions.
Restaurants will only be allowed to operate at 25% capacity, but that’s still good news for local restauranteurs who have struggled to stay afloat during the forced closure.
“We are going to be ready to open on Friday,” said Phil Greer, owner of Greer’s Ranch Café. “In fact, we will be open for breakfast at 8 a.m.”
Greer said the restaurant will also open for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, and he will continue to offer curbside service for those still uncomfortable with dine-in.
Casa Azteca will also open its dining room on Friday.
But for small restaurants, being allowed to operate at such a limited capacity doesn’t make sense.
Jann and Kayleigh Caamano, owners of Caam’s, said they won’t open the dining room and bar service “until restrictions are lifted to more reasonable terms.”
“If we’re only able to operate at 25% capacity, we would have to have someone standing at the door keeping count of people coming and going, and then have to start turning away customers very quickly,” Kayleigh said.
“This would create more frustration for our customers who’ve gone out of their way to come and eat, only to be turned away.”
If you have plans to enjoy a meal out on Friday, your best bet would be to call the restaurant first to make sure their front doors will be open.