Over the past few days, a number of Houston restaurants have announced that they would close their doors again as workers at these establishments tested positive for COVID-19. It’s a tough decision for these restaurant owners, who just reopened their eateries after weeks of being shuttered by the statewide shutdown.
To be clear, announcing that an employee tested positive and shutting down is the right thing to do. It’s an important show of transparency, one that lets diners know that their concerns about the novel coronavirus are taken seriously by these establishments. It also could be crucial in helping to mitigate the spread of coronavirus across the state of Texas, where new cases continue to spike.
Over the coming weeks, Eater will keep a running list of the restaurants that have made the decision to close temporarily after a positive COVID-19 test. If you know of a spot that’s not on this list, send us a tip at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ve also rounded up the restaurants that have already reopened after closing their doors to sanitize and test staff following a positive test in the restaurant.
- Love Buzz Pizza Pub — Closed indefinitely on June 29 after a family member of an employee tested positive.
- Millie’s — Announced that it would close for 14 days on June 4.
- Politan Row — Closed after employee tested positive; no reopening date announced.
- Better Luck Tomorrow — Closed until next week after employee tested positive; will reopen after testing employees.
- Burger-chan — Closed on June 24 after employee tested positive; plans to reopen after July 4.
- Monkey’s Tail — Closed on June 24 after employee tested positive for COVID-19; no reopening date announced.
- Hughie’s — The West 18th location of this restaurant announced that it would temporarily close on June 24. Reopening July 6 for takeout only.
- Eight Row Flint — Closed on June 24 after two employees tested positive for COVID-19; will reopen after employees are tested.
- Dak & Bop — Closed on June 23 after employee tested positive; no reopening date announced.
- Hando — Closed until further notice after employee tested positive, per an Instagram post.
Closed and Reopened
- Cane Rosso — The Heights location closed June 30 after an employee tested positive for Covid-19. As of July 2, that location has reopened.
- The Pit Room — Closed for one day for sanitation after an employee tested positive. Reopened on June 30.
- Rosie Cannonball — After three workers across Goodnight Hospitality have tested positive for COVID-19, both Rosie Cannonball and Montrose Cheese and Wine closed for disinfecting. Rosie Cannonball is currently only open for takeout and delivery.
- Uchi — Closed on June 23 after employee tested positive; reopened for curbside only.
- Eunice — Closed on June 27 after employee tested positive for COVID-19; no reopening date announced; reopened as of July 1.
- Pistolero’s — Closed on June 20 after two employees tested positive; reopened on June 30.
- Alice Blue — Reopened on June 14 after closing for four days following an employee’s positive COVID-19 test.
- Daddy’s Burgers — This burger pop-up at the Dunlavy closed for two weeks after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. They reopened on July 2.
- Down House — Closed on June 20 after employee tested positive. Reopened on June 30 for pick up and delivery only.
- Siphon Coffee — Closed on June 18 after employee tested positive; have reopened as of June 29.
- Pappy’s Cafe — Announced on June 14 that it was closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Reopened June 24.
- Nobie’s — Announced on June 10 that it would close temporarily after an employee tested positive for COVID-19; reopened on June 24 for take-out only.
- Fu Manchung — Reopened on June 18 after closing on June 4.
- Dish Society — The Memorial Green location reopened on June 17.
- El Bolillo Bakery — Per a statement posted to the bakery’s Facebook page, the Airline location reopened on Thursday, June 18 after closing on June 14 for sanitization and testing.
- Musaafer — Reopened on June 12 after closing for two weeks following a positive COVID-19 test.
- La Lucha and Superica — Reopened on June 19 after closing on June 12 for deep-cleaning.
- FM Bar and Kitchen — Reopened on June 6 after closing on May 30 to sanitize and secure testing for employees.
- Taste of Texas — Reopened on June 17 after closing on June 4.
- Front Porch Pub — Reopened on June 24 after closing in early June after employee tested positive.
- Brennan’s of Houston — Closed its dining room on July 19 after employee tested positive; dining room is now reopened.
- Kata Robata — Closed on June 19 so that employees can be tested. Reopened on June 27.
- Relish Restaurant and Bar — Reopened for curbside service on June 23.
- MAD Houston — Closed on June 17 after employees tested positive; reopened on June 24.
- La Grange — Reopened June 26, per an Instagram post.
- Brasil — Reopened on June 25 after closing on June 18.
- Coltivare — Closed on June 17 following a positive COVID-19 test. Has reopened.