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More Austin Bars Close Briefly Because of Staffers With COVID-19

Austin Chinese food delivery service looks to expand across the country, plus more news

Black Sheep Lodge
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Austin Bars Temporarily Close Because of Staffers With COVID-19
Even more Austin bars have been briefly closing because of staffers testing positive for the novel coronavirus:

-South Austin bar Black Sheep Lodge shuttered temporarily as of June 6 because a staffer came in “close contact” with a person who has COVID-19. The bar has been closed while this staffer and the rest bar’s managers got tested for the virus and the space being cleaned just in case. The staffer and management has since tested negative for the virus, and the bar will reopen on Saturday, June 13.

-After a staffer at Jackalope tested positive for COVID-19, the downtown bar closed for two days from June 8 to 9 so that it could deep-clean the space and that its staffers could get tested as well. It quickly reopened on June 10.

-Rainey Street bar Tipsy Alchemist found out that a staffer tested positive for COVID-19 on June 10, who had called out of work the week of May 25 because they had been feeling sick. The bar has been temporarily closed since then so that its employees can be tested and the space cleaned.

Chinese Food Delivery Service Expansion
Austin-based Tso Chinese Delivery is looking to expand in a big way. First, it’ll open three more locations in Austin by 2021, with a South Austin one by the end of the year. Then, it’s looking to open somewhere in Dallas, and then elsewhere after that. “The long game is to hit every major metropolitan city in the country,” co-founder Min Choe told Austin Business Journal.

Austin Bakery Crowdfunding Campaign
In order to open Tiny Pies’s third location in Westlake, the Austin bakery is raising money in two ways. First, there’s the GoFundMe campaign, which is looking to raise $25,000. Then, the bakery is is selling $100 packs of pies, bites, and merchandise, dubbed the “pie-o-neer” packs, and those sales will go towards construction. The location, a shared space with Blenders & Bowls at 3736 Bee Caves Road, was supposed to open in April, but has been delayed because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

New Braunfels Restaurants Temporarily Close Because of Staffers With COVID-19
Employees at several restaurants in New Braunfels have tested positive for COVID-19, as reported by Community Impact: Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar had closed since June 8 so that the space could be cleaned, and hasn’t reopened just yet; Muck & Fuss, which has been closed since June 9; Mozzie’s which has been closed since June 8; 2tarts as of June 7 and reopened on June 11, McAddoo’s from June 6 to 7; and Granzin’s Bar-B-Q from May 20 to 31.

Winery Donation
Texas winery William Chris Vineyards donated $45,000 to Southern Smoke Foundation, which was raised through the sales of its Wanderer Series Relief Project wines.

Update, June 12, 3:51 p.m. This article, originally published on Friday, June 12, has been updated clarify that the Black Sheep Lodge employee had been in “close contact” with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and the bar temporarily closed out of precaution while waiting for test results, which were negative.

Black Sheep Lodge

2108 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 707-2744 Visit Website

Tiny Pies

1100 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 460-9697 Visit Website

The Jackalope

43 Weymouth Mews, , England W1G 7EQ 020 3455 2871 Visit Website

William Chris Vineyards

10352 U.S. 290, , TX 78635 (830) 998-7654 Visit Website

The Tipsy Alchemist [Austin]

70 Rainey Street, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78701 Visit Website

Tso Chinese Delivery

2407 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 774-4876 Visit Website