COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants have claimed a popular Marble Falls eatery.
On April 15, Amber and Max Cardenas, owners of Bill’s Burger in Old Oak Square on Main Street, announced on social media that the restaurant will not reopen, even after stay-at-home restrictions are lifted and COVID-19 has passed.
“We didn’t really know how to word it properly,” Amber Cardenas said. “The deciding factor was COVID-19 restrictions to only offer takeout orders. We weren’t experiencing any sales when we did it the few times it was offered.”
In March, Governor Greg Abbott restricted restaurants to takeout and drive-through operations in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19.
As a result, the couple chose to close the location and then made the painful decision not to reopen.
The original Bill’s Burgers at 306 W. Polk St. in Burnet is going strong, and Amber Cardenas believes that’s mostly due to location, parking, and the ease of getting in and out of the building.
That location will remain open.
The couple still plans to open a new locale at 904 N. Key Ave. (U.S. 281) in Lampasas. The opening was supposed to have been in late March but was postponed because of COVID-19.
At the time, the family’s intention was to have three Bill’s Burgers restaurants open: Burnet, Marble Falls, and Lampasas.
Amber Cardenas said the family is leaving the door open for a possible return to Marble Falls.
“We enjoyed being here, making friends here,” she said. “We had to make the best choice we could out of a bad situation. Given the situation, it definitely was the thing that pushed us out. We’re sad to go, but we feel we have to do it. We appreciate our guests and friendships over the years.”
In June, the Cardenas family would have celebrated the Marble Falls location’s fifth anniversary.