Poll: 47% of restaurants in Texas will not reopen Friday

Megan Armstrong San Antonio News

On Thursday, the Texas Restaurant Association released a poll that shows eateries across the state are almost evenly split on whether they will reopen Friday.

The business association asked hundreds of Texas restaurants if they plan to reopen after Gov. Greg Abbott announced his “Open Texas” plan on Monday. The first phase of the plan allows restaurants, movie theaters and retail stores to reopen at 25 percent of its capacity starting Friday.

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Out of the 401 responses the poll received, 47.38 percent of restaurants said they would not open, 43.39 percent said they would and 9.23 percent said they were unsure.

The association also asked if the restaurants would reopen during the second phase of Abbott’s plan in which it is expected diners can expand its capacity to 50 percent on May 18. The poll showed 19.95 percent said they would reopen in the second phase, 8.23 percent said they wouldn’t, 47.13 percent said they will already be open and 24.69 percent said they weren’t sure.

In San Antonio, several restaurants, such as La Gloria, Alamo Cafe and The Rustic, are inviting their customers to dine-in at their establishments this weekend. For a list, click here.

Texas Restaurant Association is a business association that works to improve the business climate for its members, which are primarily restaurant owners.

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