Biedermann Signs Letter to Abbott Asking To Allow More Restaurants To Open

July 17, 2020

Bie­der­mann signed onto a let­ter with 49 col­leagues in the in the Texas House and 14 in the Sen­ate. The let­ter requests a clar­i­fi­ca­tion in the exec­u­tive order that shut down restau­rants with over 51% in alco­hol sales. 

“The Texas Restau­rant Asso­ci­a­tion esti­mates this con­fu­sion has closed over 1,500 restau­rants and put 35,000 employ­ees out of work, mak­ing them once again reliant on unem­ploy­ment ben­e­fits to help make ends meet. To save our state’s resources and get Tex­ans back to work, we ask you to clar­i­fy that any busi­ness with a license or per­mit from TABC is still a restau­rant if it meets the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria and abides by the Min­i­mum Stan­dard Health Pro­to­cols for Restaurants:

  1. Has a per­ma­nent kitchen on its premis­es with an exhaust hood and fire sup­pres­sion system;
  2. Has the kitchen oper­a­tional dur­ing all hours that the busi­ness is open, with mul­ti­ple entrees
    avail­able for con­sump­tion on the premis­es; and
  3. Only serves patrons who are seat­ed in accor­dance with the social dis­tanc­ing pro­to­cols for
    restau­rants (aside from to-go and deliv­ery service).

This def­i­n­i­tion pro­vides clar­i­ty on some of the con­fu­sion many restau­rant own­ers are fac­ing and allows them to keep their doors open.”

The full let­ter can be read below: 

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