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Texoma bar worried about surviving COVID-19 pandemic

Published: Jun. 28, 2020 at 10:45 PM CDT
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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - This weekend was supposed to be a celebration marking two years since a local bar opened, but after Governor Abbott’s announcement Friday, those plans were canceled.

“We’d actually already spent money on vendors and ordered our inventory for the weekend, already spent the money and there’s no way to re-coup that money after they shut us down like that, it was very short notice,” Chris Jenkins said.

Owners at Red Rock Saloon in Denison Chris and Diana Jenkins said this weekend was supposed to be a celebration marking two years since the bar opened.

But without notice Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered all bars to shut down Friday at noon with COVID-19 cases skyrocketing in the state.

“I just feel like we were robbed of being able to celebrate with our patrons, our people that come to our bar and support our bar every weekend,” Chris said.

Abbott expanded the order Saturday, allowing restaurants to sell mixed beverages with take-out and delivery food orders with certain measures.

But the Jenkins said this will not apply to them since they only sell alcohol.

“We’re stuck, we don’t have a kitchen so we just have to sit and wait,” Diana said.

They said a normal weekend before the pandemic could draw anywhere from 100 to 200 customers.

But even in the few weeks they were able to re-open, the Jenkins said they would only get about 25 customers on a good night.

“It’s hurt business, I mean we’ve had to cancel a lot of bands, you know the first shut-down we were closed 62 days so we still haven’t recovered from the first one,” Diana said.

They just paid to re-new the bar’s liquor license the day before Abbott’s order.

“It cost about $6,000 that we worked hard for to get and for them to shut us down like that it makes me angry, very angry,” Chris said.

As of now, there is no timeline for when Texas bars will be allowed to reopen.

There is a Go Fund Me set up to help the bar.

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