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These Austin Restaurants Still Require Masks and Social Distancing Despite Governor’s Order

A running list of businesses implementing their own COVID-19 mitigation rules

The Buenos Aires Cafe staff with masks
The Buenos Aires Cafe staff with masks
Buenos Aires Cafe/Facebook

Starting Wednesday, March 10, all Texas restaurants and bars will be able to reopen indoor dining areas at full capacities with no social distancing requirements, as ordered by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week. Likewise, masks will no longer be required for anyone, including diners and restaurant employees.

However, the governor’s order allows for restaurants to implement whatever COVID-19 mitigation rules they want for themselves. With that in mind, here’s a running list of Austin restaurants, food trucks, bars, and breweries that will still require masks and will still follow social distancing measures.

Per previous orders, masks are typically required when walking around businesses; guests are allowed to take their masks off when seated at tables for eating and drinking purposes.

Check ahead with each business as things often change, follow the rules, wear your mask (especially when interacting with an employee), tip very well, and be kind.

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  • 34th Street Cafe: The Old West Austin American restaurant will still require masks.
  • 4th Tap: The North Austin brewery will still require masks and social distance.

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Ka-Prow Thai and Sushi Bistro: The Far North Austin Thai restaurant, which is only offering takeout at this time, will still require masks and social distance.

Kinda Tropical: The East Austin restaurant will still require masks and social distance.

  • Kome: The North Loop Japanese restaurant, which is open for takeout service only, will still require masks for pickups.
  • Korea House: The North Shoal Creek Korean restaurant will still require masks, operate at limited capacity, and social distance.

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  • Mattie’s: The South Austin Texan restaurant will still require masks, operate at limited capacity, and social distance.
  • Malibu Poke: The downtown location of the Dallas-based seafood restaurant will still require masks.
  • McGuire Moorman Hospitality: All restaurants in the Austin group will still require masks, operate at limited capacity, and social distance.
  • Meanwhile Brewing: The Southeast Austin brewery will still require masks and social distance.
  • Merit Coffee: All locations of the coffee shop will still require masks.
  • Micklethwait Craft Meats: The Rosewood Avenue barbecue truck will still require masks and social distance.
  • Milky Way Shakes: The East Cesar Chavez vegan truck, which is sticking to advanced online orders only, will still require masks for pickups.
  • Mozart’s: The Lake Austin cafe will still require masks.

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  • Quack’s Bakery & Lady Quackenbush: The bakeries in Hyde Park and Mueller will still require masks.
  • Quality Seafood: The North Loop seafood restaurant and market will still require masks and social distance.

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  • Ramen Tatsu-ya, Kemuri Tatsu-ya, Domo Alley-Gato, DipDipDip Tatsu-ya, DipDipDip Ice Cream: All locations of the Japanese restaurants will still require masks.
  • Radio Coffee & Bar: The Menchaca Road coffee shop and patio bar, which includes several food trucks, will still require masks and social distance.
  • Reunión 19: The East Cesar Chavez Californian-Mexican restaurant will still require masks.
  • Roaring Fork: Both locations of the American restaurant will still require masks and operate at limited capacity.
  • Rosewood: The Rosewood seafood and Texan restaurant will still require masks.
  • Roughhouse Brewing: The San Marcos brewery will still require masks.

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  • Vaquero Taquero: The North Campus taco restaurant will still require masks.
  • Veracruz All Natural: All locations of the taco truck and restaurant — Tarrytown, East Austin, downtown, Mueller, South Austin, and Round Rock — will still require masks.
  • Via 313: All restaurant locations of the pizzeria — North Campus, Oak Hill, East Sixth — will still require masks and operate at limited capacity. All food truck locations — Rainey Street, West Sixth — will still require masks for pickups.
  • Vic & Al’s: The Cherrywood Cajun restaurant will still require masks.
  • Vinaigrette: The South Congress salad restaurant will still require masks and operate at limited capacity.
  • Violet Crown Clubhouse: The Crestview bar will still require masks.
  • Vista Brewing: The Hill Country brewery will still require masks.

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Update, Friday, March 5, 4:48 p.m.: This article, originally published on Wednesday, March 3, has been updated to include additional restaurants.

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