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Bars, breweries fighting to re-open as second shutdown continues indefinitely

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One month into Governor Abbott's abrupt second shutdown of drinking establishments, owners are feeling the frustration. 

"He's destroying an industry in Texas," Mickey Minter said. 

Minter, owner of The Plains Brew Co. says he had big plans for the business heading into this year

"It was looking promising for us, and then the governor's comes along, shuts us down again. Big let down, big let down," he said. 

Like many others, he feels the decision is based on a technicality and not safety. 

"Makes me feel like I'm being discriminated against. I mean, we can do anything the restaurant bars could do," Minter said.

Shane Blum, owner of both The Lantern and The Gaslight, voluntarily shut down for a deep clean in May. 

He says his team has done everything right, but they are still being punished. 

"At some point, stop blaming it on bars and start realizing that it's more than that. It's people going out and having almost complete disregard for the governor's mandate on masks, and for large gatherings and for a lot of other things that are also causing the spread of the virus," Blum said.

"Let bars and craft brewers show that we can let people safely in to enjoy it," Minter added.

The state has given alcohol to go the green light,  but at Plains Brew Co., sales are down by 75%.

"You can come out and pick up a growler or a six pack, take it home with you," Minter said. " That's just not going to be enough to sustain us."

The Texas Craft Brewers guild estimates two out of three breweries, won't make it past 2020.

"I might have to make a decision by the end of the year, as to whether or not this is worth it to us to keep putting our money into this thing," Minter said. 

Meanwhile, Blum says he is looking into expanding food sales to qualify as a restaurant.

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