Fort Worth Restaurant Owner Excited To Be Able To Fill Every Table With Texas ‘100% Open’ Next Week – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texas businesses are grappling with the changes Governor Greg Abbott made to the current COVID-19 restrictions.
Many celebrate while others worry about how to protect their customers and employees.
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“It’s been a year I think that’s enough,” said Joanna Perez, a regular at Cat City Grill in Fort Worth. “People can make their own decisions.”
She supports the governor’s decision to end the nationwide mask ordering and open stores with a capacity of up to 100%.
Cat City Grill managed to stay afloat last year, but the Texas Restaurant Association says 11,000 restaurants across the state have permanently closed as of March 2020.
“We had to downsize,” said Martin Thompson, owner of Cat City Grill. “We’re pretty much running a skeleton crew right now.”
Thompson is excited to finally be able to fill every table, but he’s not sure if the demand is still there.
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Masks are another problem.
“We have gotten into a mystery here in the restaurant business as a company because a lot of people still want people to wear them, a lot of people don’t want to wear them,” he said.
Many companies are still unsure how to operate under the changes as they are now deciding whether to wear masks for employees and customers or limit capacity.
“Today is not a day to ditch all of these protocols and bring them back to life on March 1st,” said Emily Williams Knight, president of the Texas Restaurant Association. “Each of these restaurants needs to be really thoughtful and discuss the interaction with their staff and guests as they go on.”
Thompson plans to have all of his employees wear masks, but he won’t make his customers do it.
He knows that other restaurants will continue to enforce mask policies on their customers.
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“Just to tear it down and go back to the old days I don’t think it’s going to happen,” Thompson said. “I think we’re not ready for it yet. I just ask the public for their patience and understanding. “