It’s been well over a year since the coronavirus pandemic decimated the restaurant industry. About 9,000 restaurants closed in Texas, says Emily Williams Knight, CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association. But the worst is behind us, right?
That depends. Some restaurateurs who suffered through the pandemic are just now realizing that their businesses can’t endure.
“It just feels cruel at this point, for these restaurant owners,” Knight says.
In one year, March 2020 to March 2021, about 18% of Dallas-area restaurants failed. Better times are likely ahead, and new restaurant permit requests are beginning to accelerate across the