Central Texas bars reopening and staying closed

Bars can only reopen on Oct. 14 if the county judge of each county opts in with the TABC.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor’s note: KVUE has reached out to all Central Texas county judges on their decision. This story will be updated on what they decide.

Some local bars are reopening their doors again.

On Sept. 7, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that all Texas bars can reopen at 50% capacity after hinting about it on social media. But, there’s a catch. The bars can only reopen on Oct. 14 if the county judge of each county opts in with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC). 

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The bars in counties that do allow them to reopen must follow strict guidelines. Bars must make sure all customers are seated while eating or drinking and groups

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Central Park’s historic Loeb Boathouse has closed its doors after 66 years

  • Central Park landmark Loeb Boathouse has closed due to “unforeseeable business circumstances prompted by COVID-19.”
  • 163 staff members have been permanently laid off after being furloughed in March, according to a filing from the Department of Labor.
  • Loeb Boathouse underwent a $2.9 million renovation to its bar, dining room, and outdoor seating area in 2018.
  • The restaurant reportedly plans to reopen next spring, but there are no confirmed dates as of yet.

Central Park’s historic restaurant Loeb Boathouse has closed its doors after 66 years.

In a filing with the Department of Labor last month, the restaurant said it closed due to “unforeseeable business circumstances prompted by COVID-19,” as first reported by local publication The City.

The Loeb Boathouse is one of Central Park’s most recognizable landmarks, which welcomed millions of people each year and was renowned for its views overlooking the lake, an idyllic gem within the city.

Upon

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The Historic Central Park Boathouse Restaurant Has Closed and Laid Off 163 Staff

Photo credit: SOPA Images - Getty Images
Photo credit: SOPA Images – Getty Images

From Town & Country

If the return of fall has given you the urge to reenact the iconic New York moments of When Harry Met Sally, there’s at least one landmark from the film you’ll have to mark off your list. The lakeside restaurant at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, which has been a tourist attraction and New York mainstay since 1954, has officially closed its doors due to “unforeseeable business circumstances prompted by COVID-19,” according to a filing with the Department of Labor.

It joins the ranks of hundreds of other bars and eateries that have been forced to shutter amid the pandemic—the New York Times reports that nearly a third of the almost 3,000 New York City businesses that have closed since March are restaurants.

As part of the closure, the restaurant has reportedly laid off all 163 of

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