PHOTOS: Katy-area economy begins to reopen

Residents hang out and walk around LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch on May 3. Some stores and restaurants had been reopened. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Residents hang out and walk around LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch on May 3. Some stores and restaurants had been reopened. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Residents hang out and walk around LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch on May 3. Some stores and restaurants had been reopened. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Customers lined up May 3 to enter Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts at 1219 N. Fry Road, Katy. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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L & L Hawaiian Grill at 23119 Colonial Parkway, Ste. B10, Katy, opened its dining room May 3, but no guests sat at the tables that afternoon. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Only a few stores inside Katy Mills, such as Shoe Palace, were open May 3. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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On May 3, dine-in guests ate outside at Fish City Grill inside LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Ste. 140, Katy. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Customers lined up for a meal May 3 at Gong Cha at 23119 Colonial Parkway, Ste B9, Katy. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Located at 19660 Restaurant Row, Houston, Ashley HomeStore was open for customers May 3. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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On May 3, two hungry customers ate on a bench outside BingSu and Chung Chun, located inside Katy Asian Town at 23119 Colonial Parkway, Ste. B16, Katy. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Mambo Seafood at 20210 Katy Freeway, Katy, opened for dine-in customers on May 3. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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On May 3, cars filled the At Home parking lot at 19420 Katy Freeway, Houston, which was empty a few short weeks ago. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Many businesses in Katy Mills, including the Children's Place Outlet, chose not to reopen May 3. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Many people shopped May 3 at the H-E-B located at 1550 Fry Road, Houston. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Neither Ling Long nor Wingstop were open for dine-in guests May 3 at 19111 Katy Freeway, Katy. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Katy Mills customers walked into the Luxury Beauty store—one of only a few stores in the mall that reopened May 3—to buy cosmetics. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Snap Kitchen at 19355 Katy Freeway, Houston, did not allow dine-in customers but offered its menu for pickup May 3. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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On May 3, many cars were parked outside one entrance of Katy Mills, which reopened to customers May 1. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Although some restaurants opened their patios to guests May 3, Masala Wok at 19355 Katy Freeway, Houston, did not. It is offering its menu to go. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Smashburger at 19227 Katy Freeway, Houston, was open only for takeout and delivery orders May 3. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Kohl's at 1200 Fry Road, Houston, was only open for curbside pickup as of May 3. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Torchy's Tacos at 19111 Katy Freeway, Ste. 100, Houston, welcomed to-go and delivery orders May 3 but no-dine in customers. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Under the state's reopening plan, many businesses were allowed to begin reopening for walk-in and dine-in customers—with some limitations—May 1.

Some Katy-area restaurants, such as Mambo Seafood at 20210 Katy Freeway, Katy, and retailers, such as At Home at 19420 Katy Freeway, Houston, reopened for customers ready to get back into the community.


However, many other businesses, including Kohl's, Torchy's Tacos and Snap Kitchen, did not expand their services and maintained their curbside and delivery options.
By Jen Para
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. She covers education, transportation, local government, business and development in the Katy area.


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