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The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on Wednesday clarified its guidelines after what the agency said was a misunderstanding about whether breweries could reopen their patios, a spokesperson told KXAN.

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A spokesman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said Wednesday evening that establishments that have permanent kitchen facilities but make more revenue off alcohol than food may not be open for dine-in service, but are allowed to offer to-go alcohol with food orders.

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As Texas navigates reopening restaurants and bars safely, al fresco spots provide the perfect place for long-quarantined Austin residents. Some of these favorites are open only on the patio, others are allowing customers to eat to-go orders in the space, and a few are full service—the details are subject to change. This is not an all-inclusive list, but here they are, in no particular order:

1. Perla's

Upscale seafood fare is served under striped umbrellas on the tree-lined porch, with dogs allowed and an unfettered view of South Congress foot traffic.

Address: 1400 S. Congress Ave.

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Tony Montero said he never expected Uchi to do takeout orders, but they'll stick with it even after the restaurant reopens. (Karen Brooks Harper)

If someone had asked Tony Montero two months ago if his restaurant group's award-winning upscale eatery, Uchi Austin, would be serving its sushi dishes to go, he would have said no.

"That's not really us," said Montero, chief executive officer of Hai Hospitality, which operates Uchi restaurants in Austin, Houston, Dallas and Denver.

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