Fort Price companies have skilled hardships within the wake of COVID-19, particularly the bars and eating places round campus.
Dutch’s Burgers and Beers on South College Drive has skilled a decline in patrons. Managing associate Kay Greenlee mentioned the restaurant is often full of the return of TCU college students within the fall, however this 12 months has been totally different.
“There was a decline in our enterprise but it surely has gotten a lot better,” Greenlee mentioned. “It isn’t 100% again the place it was but it surely’s a lot better. The most important distinction we see is we’re getting extra night-time enterprise than we usually would.”
Fuzzy’s Taco Store on Berry Avenue has additionally skilled robust occasions resulting from COVID-19 restrictions. Eduardo Jiminez, the final supervisor, mentioned he’s very involved with the decline in gross sales.
“So far as the enterprise goes, effectively you understand all of it relates round gross sales as a result of as soon as gross sales drop then which means we’re not in a position to afford a lot labor anymore,” mentioned Jiminez. “It’s unhappy to see these staff’ hours get reduce from 40 to twenty hours per week.”
Jiminez mentioned the postponement of TCU soccer video games and lack of tourists at TCU has additionally vastly affected his restaurant’s enterprise.
The bars in Fort Price are making changes to open doorways throughout the pandemic. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has mentioned a bar can solely be open if 51% of its gross sales come from meals. To assist the bars reopen, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Fee has eliminated restrictions and amended the principles for bars.
Briana Brown, a senior style merchandising main, mentioned she has seen an enormous decline within the variety of individuals in bars since her return to TCU this semester.
“The bars are actually quiet, and you need to keep seated at your assigned desk; you can not stroll round or dance anymore,” Brown mentioned. “I believe persons are not frequenting the bars as a lot proper now due to these guidelines; it takes the enjoyable out of the entire bar expertise.”
The bars round TCU are undoubtedly feeling the consequences of COVID-19.
Whiskey Backyard bouncer and safety guard Conner Peterson, mentioned enterprise has been down this 12 months even with the return of TCU college students.
College students usually are not reserving events on the bar as usually as they’ve in earlier years, he mentioned.
“I’ve additionally seen numerous TCU college students have no idea which bars are open and that are closed, which is resulting in a much smaller variety of college students on the bar scene than beforehand seen,” Peterson mentioned.