Armed with gallons of sanitizer, face masks, and in some cases, plastic table barriers, dozens of restaurants around Fort Worth plan to reopen for dine-in service on Friday, May 1.
The state of Texas has given permission to restaurants, movie theaters, and malls to reopen, as long as they limit occupancy to 25 percent. It puts operators in a real dilemma: Do you follow the advice of health professionals and remain locked down, or do you live on the edge and try to squeak out a few bucks?
This list is about the second group, who must follow a set of regulations to get their doors back open. It includes no valet parking, no parties larger than six, no salt shakers, and seating at least 6 feet apart. Diners will be encouraged to use contactless payment and are urged to wear face coverings when they're not eating.
"Right now it looks like about 40 percent of the independent restaurants plan on some kind of opening either Friday or Saturday ... about 60 percent are going to continue with whatever they're doing right now — delivery, curbside, all of those," Fort Worth chef-restaurateur Jon Bonnell said on Mayor Betsy Price's daily coronavirus briefing April 29.
He says customers should expect more spacing than might have anticipated, and he urged everyone to be patient.
"I would really encourage some empathy out there," he said. "Each situation, each owner, each operation has a completely different set of circumstances they're working with, so please show a little understanding for those who have either chosen to open and those who have not."
This list includes independently owned restaurants, as well as locally owned chains. (Many other restaurants in the Fort Worth area are open for takeout and curbside but have opted not to open at this time.)
American Revelry, Burleson
Andalous Mediterranean Grill, Arlington
Bacon's Bistro and Cafe, Hurst
Bobby V's, Arlington
Bob's Steak & Chop House, Grapevine
Chill Bar, Grapevine
Coolgreens, Southlake (opens May 11)
Coyote Drive-In (pre-purchase tickets online)
Dog Haus, Arlington
Ellerbe Fine Foods (opens May 7)
Hat Creek Burger Co., Roanoke and Mansfield
The Healthy Hippie Cafe, Watauga
Herencia, Southlake (opens May 4)
Hurtado Barbecue, Arlington
Jack & Grill, Roanoke
Loveria Caffe, Colleyville
Messina Hof, Grapevine
Mi Dia from Scratch, Grapevine
Oliva Italian Eatery, Keller
On the Border (opens May 6)
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, Grapevine
Queenie's Steakhouse, Denton
River Oaks Cafe (opens May 4)
Rodeo Goat (opens May 4)
Sauce'd, Grapevine (opens May 6)
Southern Recipes Grill, Arlington
The Spice Rack, Burleson
Texas Bleu, Keller
The Tipsy Oak, Arlington
Toasted Coffee + Kitchen (opens May 2)
Uncle Julio's (Camp Bowie Blvd. and Grapevine locations only, open May 7)
Vickery Cafe (opens May 4)
Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux, Arlington
Winslow's Wine Cafe (opening rescheduled for May 11)
The Yucatan Tequila Bar & Grill (formerly Yucatan Taco Stand)
Teresa Gubbins contributed to this story.