These SA restaurants, bars, chains are closing their dining rooms due to coronavirus

Whataburger, Taco Cabana, Chick-fil-A close dining rooms

Whataburger, Plucker's, Taco Cabana and Chick-fil-A have closed their dining spaces due to the coronavirus.
Whataburger, Plucker's, Taco Cabana and Chick-fil-A have closed their dining spaces due to the coronavirus. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIOUpdate: On Wednesday, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced the mandatory closure of bars. Restaurants must close their dining rooms but can still offer takeout and delivery.

Original story: A growing number of local restaurants and national chains are choosing to close dining areas due to the novel coronavirus.

Dining rooms will be closed until further notice as officials promote social distancing. Drive-thrus, carryout and delivery will still be offered are several of these eateries.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued an emergency declaration on Monday that recommends restaurants and bars place tables at least six feet away from each other. The guidance emphasizes delivery and curbside orders.

Locally, several restaurants are also pushing the “to-go” model.

Culinaria’s Restaurant Week has been changed to Restaurant Week To-Go, meaning all the fixed-price meals will be offered for takeout.

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These are the restaurants that have decided to close their dining areas until further notice:

  • Barrio Barista: The restaurant will be to-go only until further notice. Orders can be called ahead, and an online ordering system is under construction.
  • Chick-fil-A: The restaurant chain announced on March 15 that it will temporarily close dining rooms. Drive-thrus, takeout, delivery and mobile ordering will still be available.
  • Chipotle: All 2,600 locations will be open for takeout only. Orders can be placed via the Chipotle app or on the Chipotle website. Delivery fees will be suspended throughout March.
  • Duck Donuts: Franchise locations have eliminated seating but pick-up and delivery will still be available.
  • Estate Coffee: Orders will be available for carryout only starting March 17. The coffee shop is also offering free shipping with the purchase of three or more bags of coffee.
  • Firehouse Subs: Counter service tor takeout orders and third-party delivery will still be available while dining rooms are closed.
  • Green Vegetarian Restaurant: Dining rooms will be closed but limited patio seating will be available. Delivery and takeout will still be available.
  • KFC: Starting March 19, restaurants will offer drive-thru, carryout and delivery only. Orders can be placed online. Delivery fees will be waived for orders placed online.
  • McDonald’s: Corporate-owned locations will close seating areas but drive-thrus, takeout and delivery will still be available. The corporation is also encouraging franchisees, which operate about 93% of all locations, to do so as well, CNN reported.
  • Midnight Swim: The bar located on the St. Mary’s Strip has decided to close “in the best interest of our community."
  • MOD Pizza: In-store dining has been eliminated, but people can still order by phone, through the app or third-party delivery. Carryout orders can be picked up at a pick-up spot near the front door. Phone orders must be purchased before entering the store.
  • Plucker’s: Dining rooms will close starting on March 17. Curbside pickup and delivery will be available for orders placed at or through the Pluckers app. There is a $30 minimum on delivery orders. The top 5 Pluckers Club Members who order the most often, starting now until dining rooms are reopened, will earn a $1000 gift card to Pluckers.
  • Singhs: Through March 28, the restaurant will be to-go, delivery or pickup only.
  • Taco Cabana: Front counters and drive-thru windows will still be available from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. The restaurant is also offering free delivery until April 3 for orders made through the myTCI app, Taco Cabana website and on Uber Eats.
  • Taco Palenque: Services will continue through drive-thrus, pickup and delivery. Delivery is available through Uber Eats, Favor, Grubhub and DoorDash.
  • Tejas Rodeo: Steakhouse dining will be closed and Saturday night rodeos will be canceled. To-go meals will still be offered, and the restaurant is encouraging patrons to buy gift cards to use at a later date.
  • Whataburger: Dining rooms will close starting at 3 p.m. March 17. Drive-thrus will remain open 24 hours a day, all week. Curbside delivery for online orders will be available from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. starting March 19. Online orders outside of that time can be picked up at the drive-thru lane.
  • Wingstop: Restaurants will be carryout and delivery only. The chain suggests ordering ahead through the mobile app, website or phone. Guests will be asked to not congregate near the entryway while waiting for their orders.

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.


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