After Houston mayor Sylvester Turner imposed a midnight curfew on the city’s residents earlier this week, one restaurateur is asking for the measure to be lifted because it’s hurting restaurants.
In a post to Agricole Hospitality’s Instagram account, partner Morgan Weber outlines the problems that the curfew is causing for his establishments. “Our employees have been out of work for five days. Rent is due. Taxes are due. Vendors need to be paid,” he wrote. “Our restaurants are full. Our bars are full. People want to support the community and we can’t let them.”
According to Turner, the midnight curfew was imposed as part of an effort to minimize looting and crime after flooding brought the city to a halt. Via Twitter, Turner has acknowledged that the city is “drying out,” but hasn’t announced any plans to lift the curfew as of yet. Eater Houston has reached out to the mayor’s office for more details on when residents can expect for the curfew to be lifted.
In the meantime, Houstonians will just have to visit their favorite eateries before 10 p.m.