Katy Restaurants Prepare to Welcome Dine-in Guests


April 29, 2020

By Natalie Cook Clark

This Friday, Texas restaurants will be allowed to welcome dine-in guests, however they must meet the strict guidelines outlined by Governor Greg Abbott. Local restaurants are following his guidelines while taking additional precautions to serve Katy residents.

Restaurants Will Follow New Rules to Reopen

New rules outlined by the CDC and Texas Governor Greg Abbott will allow restaurants to open for dine-in this Friday. Local eateries will still offer take-out and curbside pickup. But to many restaurant owners, being able to welcome guests back into the dining room is a big step.

“This has been a roller coaster ride that is unprecedented,” says Kevin Wann, co-owner of Texas Borders Bar and Grill. “It’s an amazing feeling. Kellie and I are beyond excited. It’s our life and what we live for.”

Measures To Keep Guests Safe

Added measures will be taken to allow restaurants to open and keep the public safe from the coronavirus.

· Seat parties no larger than six guests

· Offer disposable menus

· Permit 25% of occupancy capacity inside

· Maintain six-feet-apart guidelines

· Install hand sanitization stations

· Provide to-go cups and cutlery

· Offer single-serve condiments

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending even more precautions that diners won’t see in the back of the house, including checking employee temperatures.

“We are following Abbott’s guidelines to a T and then some,” says Wann.

“We know the number of occupants for inside and outside dining and will be seating six feet or more apart,” says Wann. “Our entire restaurant has been cleaned, disinfected, and scrubbed over the last five weeks.”

“We are looking forward to opening with the new rules,” says Casey Castro, owner of Astor Farm to Market.