Some Downtown McAllen bars will remain closed despite being allowed to reopen

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MCALLEN — Bars across the Rio Grande Valley can reopen on Friday at 25% capacity but a bar operator in Downtown Mcallen says the math won’t add up.

“We need to make sure that we make at least $900 with 20 people that we are going to be allowing here and that’s challenging,” said Press operator Pablo Arriaga.

According to Arriaga, the bar has lost $40,000 since the pandemic shut the night life down.

“It costs us $800 just to open. 400 dollars on staff plus not including our liquor that we’re going to use that night so that’s roughly around another $500 to prepare for a good Saturday night,” Arriaga added.

Arriaga said he doesn’t plan on reopening his bar until at least 50% of his capacity is allowed in stating opening now wouldn’t even cover the cost of rent.

“If we divide the rent on four weekends which is one month that’s also almost another $500 on a weekend that we have to make, ” Arriaga stated.

All bars must follow these guidelines:

  • Customers must be seated at tables with no more than six people.
  • Interactive areas like arcades must be closed.
  • All bar areas must be closed off to prevent customers from sitting or ordering on the counter.
  • Bars must provide disposable menus and glasses.

Bars in violations of these guidelines could have their bar license suspended.

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