The local restaurants in Alice are staying afloat with skeleton crews and meals to -go, as the community faces the coronoavius pandemic that ended dine-in eating, over 30 days ago.
"All the staff has been laid-off and we now run business with only a few kitchen employees. The business runs with two managers that work the hours of operation for business and taking to-go orders for curbside and delivery," said King St. Grill Manager Samantha Zambrano.
Francisco Leon from El Jalisciense said "We had to lay off most of our waitstaff and are now working with only a few employees- but we are thankful for the steady business with orders to-go."
Big House Burgers on Main St. decided to close its doors after the first week of Governor Greg Abbotts executive order on March, 27.
Francisco Leon from El Jalisciense seems to keep a good attitude and gives thanks to God. "We are blessed to still be open," said Leon. "The current situation "is what it is" and I choose to feel blessed and not complain other establishments have gone out of business and we are still open."
One issue that has been difficult for restaurants owners is insurance claims for the loss of revenue. Many businesses have turned to insurance companies to file interruption claims, and most of the claims are being denied. Insurance companies are taking the position that the claims are not valid because the coronavirus pandemic is not covered under their insurance policies.