NORTHWEST AUSTIN EDITION
VOLUME 14, ISSUE 4 MAY 29JUNE 25, 2020
BUSINESS IN uncharted waters
Establishments split on howtosafely reopen doors togeneral public
BY IAIN OLDMAN AND JACK FLAGLER
After two months of operating under the coronavi- rus pandemic, business and restaurant owners across Northwest Austin in mid-May got the go-ahead that many were waiting on. Quarantine is eectively over. Customers can come inside. For many, the allowance presents a golden oppor- tunity, however faint it may be, to generate much- needed revenue at a time when cash ow has fallen o a cli. But other business owners are now forced to weigh the decision to stay closed and gate o whatever money can be made with restrictive capacity limits, or open their doors and potentially put themselves and their employees at risk. On May 18, Gov. Greg Abbott made it ocial—Texas has entered Phase 2 of his plan to reopen the state’s economy. This phase expands restaurant capacity for dine-in services to 50%, granted the restaurants can guaran- tee safe social distancing standards. In the weekend CONTINUED ON 18
Diners have returned to bars and restaurants after the state allowed dine-in services to resume.
ERICH WEIDNER, OWNER OF EMERALD TAVERN GAMES & CAFE " No business is going to be successful operating at 25%-50% capacity. "
Blake Brown, an employee at Emerald Tavern Games & Cafe, on May 2 serves a customer for the rst time in six weeks.
A waitress serves customers a drink at Cyclone Anaya’s Tex- Mex Cantina in Domain Northside on a hot afternoon in May.
Ben Sabel, founder and brewer at Circle Brewing Co., pours a beer at the brewery's taproom in North Austin.
Reunion Barbershop owner Ashley “Ace” Gibbs will not reopen her business until early June due to health concerns.
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