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Eastside King is among the minority of businsses requring masks again. (Eastside King/Instagram)

Austin surpassed the threshold for Stage 5 just over a week ago and amid a renewed surge of cancellations, postponements and pleas to get everyone vaccinated across the city, many restaurants in the area are taking "personal responsibility" into their own dining establishments.

Dozens of Austin eateries are asking customers to take COVID precautions by wearing a mask, or in some cases showing proof of vaccination, to enter their establishments.

The request to wear masks again comes after Austin Public Health said it encourages businesses to enforce Stage 5 precautions, since local mask mandates were banned by Gov. Greg Abbott in May. The governor reiterated that he will not reinstate a mask mandate on July 21, saying that Texas is "past the time of government mandates" and it would be "inappropriate to require people who already have immunity to wear a mask."

If you visit any of the following restaurants, make sure you have a mask in tow.

Requiring vaccine proof and masks for indoor diners:

  • Launderette, 2115 Holly St.
  • Fresa's, 1703 S 1st Street and 915 N Lamar Blvd.
  • The Tigress, 100 W N Loop Blvd.


  • ATX Cocina, 110 San Antonio St.
  • Bobo's Snack Bar, 3850 Airport Blvd.
  • Bouldin Creek Cafe, 1900 S 1st St.
  • Brentwood Social House, 1601 W Koenig Lane
  • Drink.Well, 207 E 53rd St.
  • East Side King, 1618 E 6th St. and 2310 S Lamar Blvd.
  • East Side Pies, multiple locations
  • El Naranjo, 2717 S Lamar Blvd.
  • Gelateria Gemelli, 1009 E 6th St.
  • Hotel Vegas and Volstead Lounge, 1502 E 6th St.
  • Joe's Bakery, 2305 E 7th St.
  • Justine's Brasserie, 4710 E 5th St.
  • L'Oca d'Oro, 1900 Simond Ave.
  • Once Over Coffee, 2009 S 1st St.
  • Rebel Cheese, 2200 Aldrich St.
  • Salt & Time, 1912 E 7th St. and 422 W 5th St.
  • Thai Kun, 11601 Rock Rose Ave.

Takeout only:

  • Kome, 5301 Airport Blvd.
  • Soup Peddler, multiple locations
Launderette and Fresa's have stopped asking for proof of vaccination as of Thursday.


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