How Some Dallas Bars and Breweries Are Getting Ready to Reopen—Or Not

On Monday, Governor Greg Abbott announced that bars could reopen this Friday with a capacity of 25 percent, among other things. It’s welcome news for people who crave a cold drink that they didn’t have to pour themselves – and for the bar owners who saw their exclusion in the governor’s order to open restaurants as minor. Just as we have seen some Dallas restaurants hesitate to return for dinner immediately after Abbott’s blessing, while others wasted little time doing so, it seems that the same is true of bars and breweries.

What works for some is less feasible for others.

“ÖOur mantra has always been that we’d rather do it right than fast, ”says Michael Peticolas, owner of Peticolas Brewing Company. “Our taproom was built with social togetherness but now the call is for social distancing. “Peticolas and his team are examining what a reopening will look like for them.

He points out that what works for the state, county, or even city may not be what makes best sense for the taproom, staff, and beer lover community. “We don’t make our decisions based on data provided by a government, ”he says. “I’I am not worried about what the recommendation is. We need to keep the virus out of our facility. “

The roadside pickup from Peticolas and the drive through to the beer will continue this week and at short notice until they are ready, perhaps closer to June.

Four Corners Brewing’s Steve Pocari is also tentatively thinking of June to reopen, and even then the taproom could remain closed. “It gets easier because we have a large outdoor area and by using the outdoor area we can actually have more customers, ”he says. Constant off-store beer sales in retail stores and the like mean Four Corners needn’t rush. “But we also want to see how it goes; I’m not a big early adopter. And we are in a position where we can be patient. I want to take the time and make sure we get it right. “

In a statement sent via email, Kim Finch, owners of Double Wide and Single Wide, said they would work to provide a familiar experience under the new rules. There is little social distance in the cramped interiors of their two shotgun-style bars. Especially not when the evening gets later.

“With the reduced capacity, the increased costs for hygiene and cleaning, a small company like us is facing the challenge of making it financially feasible,” she says. So for now, it will continue its Git ‘N’ Go drive-thru market over the weekend.

There are now many bar owners ready to open their doors again. Which one is fair. Bars, taverns, and nightclubs across the state have lost more than 75,000 jobs and gross sales of $ 630 million since closing in March, according to the Texas Restaurant Association. After the restaurants’ dine-in service returned, the TRA focused on getting the bars back online with their Texas Bar Promise, which has health guidelines similar to the state’s.

The minimum health protocols for bars issued by the governor’s office are not too dissimilar to those currently followed in restaurants with one-way menus and dishes. A couple of notable differences: Customers should sit at tables where their orders can be taken so they don’t hang around a bar. Dancing is also not recommended (yes, everyone has made the footloose joke by now).

So let’s face it: we won’t be able to go to the bar and entertain our favorite bartenders like the good old days. And for the time being, any kind of bumps will remain in these COVID times. That doesn’t stop bars from welcoming people back.

Lee Harvey’s gets things rolling right away at midnight on Friday and only stays open for two hours until 2 a.m., then back to normal hours (11 a.m. to 2 a.m.). The Cedars Dive shared a Facebook post about its plans to return: “The outside bar will be the only bar open for the foreseeable future. Our outdoor picnic tables are set appropriately apart and we ask that you (almost emphatically) respect the surroundings and personal space of others in order for this to work and be a success without any problems. Please be aware of yourself and be aware of others. “

Eddie Campbell of Parliament and Standard Pour says he cares less about dates and occupancy limits than about keeping his staff and guests as safe as possible. “As an owner group, we are more committed to security and precaution, ”he says. He felt May 1st was too early to reopen Standard Pour, so restaurant service is returning this week. As for Parliament, the bar in Uptown will be open on May 25 with limited hours (4am to midnight).

And it can occupy less than 25 or 50 percent (when the time comes) if the distance doesn’t feel quite right. Peticolas shares a similar view. If there is a 100 percent increase in capacity, Peticolas says: “If The mood in the community is that I don’t like that. No, we won’t do that. “

As in restaurants, all bar owners seem to be taking tailor-made ways to reopen, listening to their guests and (gently) waving their fingers if they don’t follow the rules while drinking. Campbell notes one positive component to all of this so far: “In In the old days we saw some patios full and other patios empty. With All of the patios are nicely evenly distributed across Dallas. ”

Look, we’re spreading – the good way!

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