Haystack Burgers & Barley opened Monday at the Hillside Village Shopping Center in Lakewood.

The opening came the same day Gov. Greg Abbott announced Phase 2 of his plan to reopen Texas. Although seating at Haystack was limited to 25 percent capacity, co-owner Kevin Galvan told the Dallas Morning News that he plans to open at 50 percent capacity Friday. Curbside service is also available.

All employees must bring and wear their owns masks, which must be washed between shifts. Staff members wear gloves and sanitize behind customers, as well as each night, according to the Morning News. The protocols are in place at all of Haystack’s locations in Richardson, Frisco and Turtle Creek.

The Lakewood eatery is different from the other locations in that it has a large patio, which is not subject to capacity limits. At full capacity, it can accommodate 70 people.

The fast-casual restaurant serving burgers, salads and sandwiches was expected to open in fall 2019 at the corner of Mockingbird Lane and Abrams Road. Galvan told the Morning News that permitting took longer than expected, and the Oct. 20 tornado delayed construction. Then in mid-March, dine-in restaurants had to close because of the coronavirus outbreak.


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