Bars, restaurants in The Woodlands area recover from spring closures as statewide reopening continues

Weeks into the phased reopening of Texas, some bars and restaurants in The Woodlands area are working to recover from the loss of regular business and income caused by shutdowns related to the coronavirus pandemic while moving forward with reopening. Capacity limits for eateries and watering holes across the state remain at 50%, up from the initial 25% cap set by Gov. Greg Abbott during his first reopening phase in early May, while the capacity limit for restaurants will increase to 75% June 12. Some owners said a sense of normalcy is beginning to return in their daily operations. Still, the losses incurred this spring and the possibility of another spike in COVID-19 cases leave an uncertain future ahead for the remainder of this year. “For all restaurants, the profit that we were going to make this year is gone for the rest of the year. We’ve already written off 2020,” said Andrew Neidert, owner of Tapped DraftHouse & Kitchen of Conroe and Spring. “It’s going to take us the rest of the year to recoup what we lost in the last three months.” Click to read more at