Some restaurants prep to reopen in Cedar Park, Leander; others sit tight

1431 Cafe is one of several Cedar Park and Leander restaurants that plan to open May 1 following to Gov. Greg Abbott's April 27 announcement. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
1431 Cafe is one of several Cedar Park and Leander restaurants that plan to open May 1 following to Gov. Greg Abbott's April 27 announcement. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

1431 Cafe is one of several Cedar Park and Leander restaurants that plan to open May 1 following to Gov. Greg Abbott's April 27 announcement. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

Local business owners are contemplating whether to reopen after Gov. Greg Abbott announced April 27 that some businesses may reopen with up to 25% occupancy May 1. Retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls are included. Barber shops, hair salons, bars and gyms are excluded for now.

Many local restaurants will continue with to-go, delivery and carryout orders.

Brooklyn Heights Pizzeria will keep both locations’ dining rooms closed and continue takeout, curbside and delivery orders.

Jardin Del Rey will continue to-go orders because of its already limited dining room size.

Perky Beans Coffee is serving through its drive-thru window.


Sharks Burger is keeping its dining room closed and providing to-go orders. The second location’s dining room is planned to open in June.

There are several restaurants that do plan to open dining rooms according to Abbott’s order.

Rock and Rolls Sushi Lounge in Cedar Park is planning to open May 1. Owner James Wood said there is a lot in question, and the owner and manager need to confirm menus and staff before opening.

Some employees have found new jobs at Domino’s, Amazon or H-E-B, and the restaurant is running on a “skeleton staff” for curbside orders. He said the restaurant is calling servers now.

“It’s going to be very difficult, very challenging for us—and anybody else for that matter who has limited capacity,” Wood said.

The restaurant will continue curbside and to-go orders.

1431 Cafe will also open May 1 in Cedar Park. Owner Earl Follis said up to 25 customers can eat in the dining room at a time, and the restaurant is following Abbott’s opening guidelines. Employees will wear masks and gloves, and customers will have hand sanitizer and optional masks available.

Follis said the restaurant does not know what to expect this weekend from customer demand, so the restaurant is staffing up.

“We want to get back to normal. I want to get my employees working again,” he said. “But we’re also responding to customer demand. People love chicken-fried bacon.”

Follis said people have regularly come to the front door to ask if the restaurant is open and if they can sit down.

“We’ve had people—even this morning—coming up to the door asking when the dining room was going to reopen,” Follis said.

Leander Beer Market also plans to open May 1.

The restaurant has a patio space with no occupancy limit, and the indoor dining area will be limited below the 25% limit, manager Luke Erpi said.

“We are blessed. We have the patio and the sidewalk,” he said. “A lot of places don’t have this, so it would be really hard to run at 25% occupancy.”
By Taylor Girtman
After interning with Community Impact Newspaper in 2019, Taylor Girtman became a reporter for the Cedar Park and Leander edition in Feb. 2020. She covers Leander ISD and the Cedar Park and Leander city councils.


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