About two weeks following its long-awaited debut at the Galleria, luxe Indian restaurant Musaafer has closed its doors temporarily after an employee contracted COVID-19.
Owners Shammi and Mithu Malik announced the temporary closure on Wednesday, according to the Houston Chronicle, along with their plans for an extensive cleaning and disinfecting process for the space at the Galleria Mall. The restaurant had just opened its doors on May 18 after more than two years in the works. Musaafer will be closed at least through the end of the week, though it could take longer to appropriately clean the 10,000 square foot space.
The news of Musaafer’s temporary closure comes on the same day that Texas governor Greg Abbott announced that restaurants across the state would be able to increase their occupancy from 50 percent of normal to 75 percent. It also just so happens that Wednesday brought the state’s largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s tally to more than 68,000 cases. As of yesterday, 17,978 of those cases are in Harris County.