Restaurants and breweries offering to-go and delivery orders are among the businesses considered essential and able to stay open under Austin’s shelter-in-place mandate, which went into effect Wednesday. But one local brewpub decided the increased restrictions were a sign it was time to close.


All three locations of Pinthouse Pizza, which as of Tuesday had been offering both curbside pick-up and delivery of its pizza and beer through third-party apps, are now shuttered until further notice. Pinthouse made the announcement via social media on Wednesday morning.


"With this latest (shelter-in-place) order made by the city of Austin, and the implications of this health crisis setting in further every day, we have made the difficult decision to close up shop for awhile," the announcement reads. "We have come to a point where the continued health of our team is paramount. No matter the precautions we take, every day we ask them to be on-site increases the risk someone will get sick."


Pinthouse saw better than expected business last week, despite not being able to offer dining room service. It had deployed a curbside pick-up model that seemed to minimize contact between employees and customers. Upon driving up to the Burnet Road location, for example, customers were directed to specific parking spots to wait for their order. An employee wearing gloves would place the order in the trunk or backseat.


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Over the weekend, the brand’s three locations — the original Burnet site, the South Lamar Boulevard shop and the newest pub in Round Rock — sold crowlers to go of its popular Le Barrelski beer release, a bourbon barrel-aged imperial oat milk stout, alongside boozy variants. The annual release normally draws big crowds to Pinthouse.


Closing the brewpubs is "the toughest decision we’ve ever had to make as a company," according to Pinthouse. "But know we will be back to serve you all with the same fine folks when this all passes."


Other local restaurants, including notables such as Olamaie and Jack Allen’s Kitchen, have also closed outright for now, without any takeout or delivery options, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Like Pinthouse, they cite safety and health as the reasons for closure. Most breweries remain open for curbside pickup of cans and crowlers of their beer.