Created: January 11, 2021 08:22 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Bars and restaurants reopened their doors to indoor dining Monday after being forced to do takeout and delivery for over a month.
Bars and restaurants were relieved to open to their loyal customers, and to be back in their routines. Although they are limited to 50 percent capacity, reopening means the return of something normal.
"It was nice. We had nine people right away at 6:30 come in and have their morning coffee and just sit around and talk. It was nice to see everyone," Uncle Mony's waitress and bartender Patty Blanchard said.
Uncle Mony's had people waiting in the parking lot before they opened Monday morning, excited to be back in their local restaurant. Customers have had to order takeout since late November, which just isn't the same.
"We did the takeout always. Once a week we did our takeout - to keep our businesses going. Especially local. These are local people," Linda Blom said after her meal at Kenny's Oak Grill in Austin.
"A lot of them have supported us through the shutdown absolutely. But to see them in person and just to catch up on all the gossip and all the stuff that we used to do. I know it's like we're kind of slow in getting to tables because everyone wants to chat so much today," Kenny's Oak Grill manager Kim Mohrfeld said.
Operating at 50 percent isn't enough long-term, but for now, it gives employees a paycheck and gives the community a chance to reclaim a piece of normalcy.
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