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Restaurants adapt to restrictions amid coronavirus

Posted at 10:18 AM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 11:18:17-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Restaurants have been hit hard by the coronavirus but one local restaurant has decided to change things up a bit in an effort to try to keep at least some employees working during these trying times.

As people have been asked to limit their outdoor exposure, service workers have struggled mentally and especially financially, making just a few dollars per hour and relying heavily on tips for income.

Texas Roadhouse in Papillion said it has had to adapt in this unprecedented situation, and has totally changed up operations. The restaurant closed in-house dining, and while it usually opens only after 4 p.m. on weekdays, it is now opening at noon for to-go orders.

Being open during the lunch hour is new for Texas Roadhouse but employees and management said they are willing to do what's necessary to keep workers working.

"I would say about 10% was to-go," said manager Steve Jackson. "We have a plan where we are able to heighten that; it is going to be our only business for a while, so it's 100% now so far as percentages go."

Texas Roadhouse's full menu is available online, via the mobile app. To order, you can give them a call or just drive up and place an order in person. The restaurant said it won't forget the peanuts.

Management said they are looking at putting some type of benefit package together for employees and they suggest people visit not only their restaurant but other restaurants able to do take out orders as well.