Following Texas governor Greg Abbott’s latest order allowing bars across the state to reopen on Friday, May 22, at least a few Dallas watering holes are planning to reopen ASAP.
Iconic Dallas dive bar Lee Harvey’s announced its decision to reopen at 12 a.m. on Friday in a Facebook post earlier this week, noting that it will be open only until 2 a.m. before resuming regular business hours at 11 a.m. “Our outside picnic tables will be placed appropriately apart, and we (almost forcefully) ask you to respect others surroundings and personal space, in order for this to work and be a success without any issues,” the bar wrote on Facebook. “Please be self aware and aware for others.”
Over in Uptown, Kung Fu Saloon also plans to kick open the doors at midnight tonight, and like Lee Harvey’s, it will only be able to open until 2 a.m. The same goes for Deep Ellum speakeasy Truth & Alibi, which is currently accepting reservations for midnight.
Under Abbott’s new guidelines, bars can reopen at 25 percent of their normal occupancy capacity, and must implement a slew of social distancing and safety protocols. According to Fox 4, Dallas code enforcement officers won’t be visiting bars to make sure they’re complying with these rules on Friday night, but Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission does plan to have officers out in the field this weekend.
While some bars are clearly champing at the bit to reopen, other popular nightlife spots like the LGBT-friendly bars on Cedar Springs will remain closed for the time being.