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Jul 01

McKinney Restaurants/Bars: COVID Updates for June-July

Posted on July 1, 2020 at 1:39 AM by Beth Shumate

dog with menu at The Yard_nOnce thing's for sure when it comes to this COVID pandemic; situations don't stay the same for long.  Two recent changes in the past few days will have an affect on local restaurants and businesses. In June 26, Governor Abbott announced the reclosing of bars and cutting restaurants back to 50% occupancy. Then on June 29, McKinney George Fuller issued a mandatory face mask executive order you can read HERE.

Following is some information we've collected from local restaurants about their current status, and we will keep this up-to-date as we come across more announcements.

From The Yard:
During these uncertain times, we’ve continued to keep our tables at least 6 feet apart and limit our dine-in service to 50% capacity. When you visit The Yard, you can expect:
  • Protective masks and gloves to be worn by all team members
  • Hand sanitizer stations at entryways and throughout the restaurant
  • Supplemental Food Safety & Sanitation Certification with enhanced COVID-19 Training
  • Regular team member health screenings prior to the beginning of their shift
  • Minimizing groups to 8 or fewer people
  • Utilizing Yelp Waitlist to minimize crowds
We’re in this together! Help us better serve you by remaining at your table once seated. We encourage guests to wear their own face masks. For anyone looking to preserve their distance, To-Go is still available. Call and ask about our To-Go Specials! (469) 631-0035

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The Celt: This downtown business is a private club/bar and thus, was ordered to close again. They will not be able to do food-to-go. 

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The Celt's companion restaurant, Dempsey's Place, is closing permanently as of July 20.

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From TUPPS Brewery:
We are included in Governor Abbott's new executive order and our taproom is shut down again for on premise consumption. But the good news is that we are OPEN for beer to go.
Order HERE for pick up.

BEER TO GO HOURS will be:
  • Monday/Tuesday CLOSED
  • Wednesday 3:00-7:00 PM
  • Thursday 3:00-7:00 PM
  • Friday 3:00-7:00 PM
  • Saturday 1:00-6:00 PM
  • Sunday 1:00-6:00 PM
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E.J. Wills: We are open for dine in, patio seating, curbside, and delivery via Door Dash and Uber Eats. The news today does not affect our current operating status. We will return to 50 percent capacity, effective Monday, and continue to follow all applicable orders. We are also keeping our daily food and happy hour specials.

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FOXIIS: Foxiis is limiting it’s seating and dine in capacity to 50% in accordance with the state mandate passed by governor Abbott. We do still have carry out and pick up options available for anyone who isn’t fully comfortable dining in. Call ahead - 469-907-1172.

We have sanitizer available for all our guests, we sanitize all our tables and chairs after every use with a peroxide solution, and our staff will be wearing face masks to ensure everyone’s safety. Foxiis is committed to serving our community during the pandemic while acknowledging everyone’s fears and concerns. If you are sick or have developed any symptoms of COVID-19 we ask you not visit any of our establishments even if you are wearing a face mask.

Thank you to all of our loyal customers for being so supportive and understanding during these trying and ever changing times.

Also please further help our restaurant and staff by paying in cash, while paying with credit cards is convenient, and we will accept it as we always have, there is large fees that come for processing the transactions and during this pandemic we aren’t getting a break from the big processing companies so it would reduce our costs if we had more people pay in cash.

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Updates from Community Impact, By Miranda Jaimes | Updated 5:47 PM Jun 26, 2020 CDT

Other McKinney businesses, such as Arcade 92, are not closing, but instead are fielding phone calls and working to reassure people that the business will remain open.

“We’re a restaurant that serves alcohol, but a lot of times people will think we’re a bar,” owner Michael Lepsch said. “So I have no doubt that we're going to see a significant drop in customers, just based on assumptions.”

The business is relatively unaffected by Abbott’s executive order, as it was already operating at only 50% capacity.

"Thankfully, we kind of fit into an odd box where we as a restaurant can have 75% occupancy, but as an arcade, we can only have 50% occupancy,” Lepsch said. “So we’ve been playing it safe and only doing 50%.”

Restaurants such as Guitars and Growlers and The Yard also had not escalated their services to 75% capacity, so they will not have to make any adjustments under the new order either, officials said.

Foxii’s Restaurant and Grill and Delaney’s Irish Pub & Scratch Kitchen are both considered restaurants in McKinney and will remain open. To comply with Abbott’s orders, Foxii’s will have to space out its tables a little more, said one of the restaurant’s owners, Diego Ruiz. Delaney’s is a larger restaurant, so providing plenty of space at 50% is not an issue there either, manager Barbara Kemp said.

“We just want to make sure people still feel comfortable enough to come in,” she said. “We are making sure we have hand sanitizer out. ... We’re trying to make sure we follow proper protocol so that way we can continue to stay open.”
 
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Mayor Fuller's new mandatory mask directive allows restaurant patrons to take masks off in order to eat, of course. All other times when in local businesses, masks need to be worn in this renewed and focused effort to stop the growing spread of COVID.