As Gov. Greg Abbott outlined his latest reopening plan this week, bar owner Greg Barrineau watched in disbelief. Abbott, who announced that Texas restaurants could expand dine-in service to 75% capacity, said bars must remain closed.
“Some bars and their associations have offered some very helpful ideas,” Abbott said of reopening, “and we will continue to work with them on that process.”
But Barrineau, who has laid off his 12 staff members and suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses at Drink Texas, a bar with locations in San Antonio and Boerne, said that assertion of collaboration is “insanity — he doesn’t care about small businesses.”
Party Time Bar outside of Temple was one of many bars closed during the coronavirus pandemic in March. Bar industry groups say Gov. Greg Abbott has not responded to proposals for how they can reopen safely during the pandemic. (Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar for