Lubbock restaurants reopen with 25 percent occupancy - FOX34 Lubbock

Lubbock restaurants reopen with 25 percent occupancy

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Phase one of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's three-phase plan begins Friday, May 1st. Texas restaurants can reopen for dine-in service, but are only allowed to operate at 25 percent of its occupancy numbers. 

Although takeout is keeping Abuelos busy, regional manager Brad Spicer says the restaurant is taking advantage of the governors orders to reopen business. 

"We've been waiting for this for a long time," Spicer said. "We're excited to have all our employees back and excited to see all of our guests, who are like family."

Spicer says Abuelos applied for "Lubbock Safe" and is going above and beyond to make sure it's a safe environment for everyone.

"There will be sanitizer at the front door, all of our employees will be wearing masks, and we'll be using disposable menus," Spicer explained. "Also, there will be absolutely nothing on the tables and everything will be disinfected between customers."

Abuelos feels prepared to follow the 25 percent occupancy rule as well.

"Our capacity is 299 inside and 200 outside, so we're gonna sit 50 on the patio and 70 inside," Spicer said. "With as big as this place is, it will be plenty of spacing."

Some businesses with smaller buildings don't have that luxury. One Guy Pizza's owner, Joe Felicia says it's not worth opening the dining area just yet.

 "First of all, as far as business goes, I feel like it's not a game changer, it's more of a headache than anything else," Felicia said. "Second thing is, we just got this information four days ago, so I don't feel like we have all the systems in place to be ready to go 100 percent."

Keeping doors closed is not an easy decision, however there is a lot of pressure to keep business thriving.

"I'm a third generation owner of this place and we've been in business for about 50 years," Felicia said. "I don't want to lose what other people have worked so hard for over the past three or four decades."

One Guy Pizza is not the only restaurant relying on takeout sales. Crafthouse Gastropub owner and chef, Jason Diehl says it will wait until phase two of governors plan to open doors to the public. 

"It was a little quick, in my opinion and I'd hate to risk everything that we've worked so hard for," Diehl said. "So it just felt more advantageous to us, and to our business and customers to stay closed."

Crafthouse has managed to keep all of its employees on staff during the pandemic. 

"Most people have been really, really supportive," Diehl said. "They've kind of voiced their support for us and the different decisions we've had to make along the way."

Governor Abbott wants at least two weeks of data before setting a date for phase two to begin. He set a target of May 18th.

For a list of Lubbock businesses reopening or continuing curbside and delivery service, visit http://www.lubbockintheloop.com/lubbock-support/.

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