Restaurants concerned about scaling back to 50 percent capacity

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PHARR, Texas – Restaurants have now reduced their capacity back to 50 percent as Texas slows down their reopening plans. Some restaurant owner are worried about their businesses future. 

“Things were looking great and after all this news going on we’re devastated and have to reschedule,” said Mario Torres, owner of On the Grill Restaurant in Pharr. 

The state forced restaurants back to 50 percent capacity and Torres said this decision is like moving his business ten steps backward.

“Obviously we have to adjust as we go, our tables have to be spread out more and we have to have our crew restaff and make sure we are at 50 percent because if we do go over there are some penalties that we have to do,” Torres said.

As restaurants are forced to scale back their capacity, Torres is focusing on different ways to keep his business running.

“Work on more delivery multiple ways of delivering more often, we have curbside available but we have to plan ahead of course and hope for the best and prepare for the worst,” he said. 

If restaurants are told to reduce their capacity even further, Torres said it could mean having to close down their restaurant, especially if no help is given to them. 

“Even on this first PPP loan we didn’t get much help, I know it was on a first come first serve basis. This was all new to all of us, but I think everything is a possibility… I hate to put it out there,” said Torres.

While Torres thinks coming back to 50 percent does help control the spread of the virus, his hope is that all restaurants do their part in keeping their customers and employees safe.  

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