As COVID-19 restaurant closures in Texas stretch into another week, the state’s restaurant operators are taking their reopening strategy to state leaders.
Emily Williams Knight of the Texas Restaurant Association said even though Texas restaurants have been able to keep operating on a take-out basis only, too many may still starve to death if they can’t reopen soon.
“So we were projecting early on that we would lose between 20% and 25% of our restaurants in Texas,” Knight said. “We have now uncovered that it wasn’t working for restaurants. So we’re projecting, unless relief comes in and unless the governor and his team are able to open up effectively, that we could lose north of 35% of restaurants across the state.”