As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, Texas’s favorite burger chain Whataburger is closing all of its dining rooms by 3 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 17, across all ten Southern states, until further notice. The shutters began to roll out as of yesterday in certain locations.
More importantly, though, Whataburger’s reliable drive-thru is staying open, so everyone can still get their honey butter chicken biscuits 24/7. The burger chain is also adding curbside pickups starting on Thursday, March 19, which will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. There is also the option to place orders online or through the app.
Many Austin restaurants have been closing down their dining rooms in favor of focusing or adding pickup/curbside/delivery services in order to help lessen the spread of the virus. Whataburger emphasized that it is following all of the guidance rules issued by the CDC and Texas/Austin health officials. (Read: lots of sanitization and sending sick employees home.)
There are 19 Whataburger locations in the Austin area, plus restaurants throughout Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.