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Austin hospitality powerhouse closes dining rooms as restaurants react to COVID-19

Austin hospitality powerhouse closes dining rooms in COVID-19 response

June's All Day
June's All Day is temporarily closing its dining room. Photo courtesy of June's All Day

Austin's most prolific hospitality group has temporarily closed the dining rooms of all of its restaurants until further notice. McGuire Moorman Hospitality, the industry force behind 15 local concepts, announced the news on social media on Monday, March 16.

"Dear Austin, Effective today, our dining rooms are closed until further notice," MMH said in a brief statement. "We're working our hardest to launch call-ahead curbside pickup at some of your favorite spots as early as tomorrow, [March 17]." 

MMH owns Lambert's, Jeffrey's, June's, Pool Burger, Perla's, Elizabeth Street Cafe, Clark's, Josephine House, Joann's, Lou's, and Swedish Hill, as well as an outpost of Clark's in Aspen, Colorado.

MMH also owns The Peacock, Goldie's, The Mockingbird, and La Piscina, all of which are located in the newly opened Austin Proper Hotel and Residences. 

"The best way to support your favorite MMH restaurants and staff at this time is purchase a giftcard at mcguiremoorman.com to be used on brighter days," the post continued. 

MMH is just the latest in a wave of high-profile temporary closures over the past 24 hours. On March 15, Olamaie chef/owner Michael Fojtasek announced his perennial favorite restaurant will close until May 1. Likewise, Dai Due and Texas French Bread have both announced they will temporarily close.

Other restaurants have switched to a to-go or outdoor dining approach, including Launderette, Fresa's, La Barbecue, Via 313, Patika, Austin's Pizza, and Thai Fresh, among others. Other restaurants, including Old Thousand, Blenders & Bowls, MezzeMe, and The Cavalier, will deliver within a certain radius of the respective restaurant.