Lavaca Street Bar on Tuesday announced via Facebook that it has reopened two of its locations as restaurants.
If a business is permitted as a restaurant in Texas, at least 51% of the business’s gross income must be derived from the sale of prepared food, according to state law. The word "Bar" might be right there in the name, but if Lavaca Street is now permitted as a restaurant, its locations can reopen under the current restrictions set by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
In addition to their original downtown Lavaca Street Bar, the owners also operate a location on South Lamar Boulevard. The South Lamar location recently lost its food partner, Turf N Surf Po’Boy, but has replaced it with Austin Daily Press. That location is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
While Ralph Gilmore closed his Turf N Surf on South Lamar, the purveyor of tasty tacos, sandwiches and salads is still in business at the Lavaca Street location. The original location is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.
The reopenings of the sports-centric restaurant-bars come just days before Major League Baseball is set to begin its season and a week before the NBA resumes its season.
Bars reopened in Texas on May 22 at limited capacity, but Abbott closed them again in late June after a spike in COVID-19 cases in the state. Restaurants are currently allowed to operate with their dining rooms at 50% capacity and fully seat their patios to the degree social distancing allows.