What to expect at Austin restaurants after Irma: A guide

The storm’s impact on dining is already being felt in the city, with restaurants reporting reduced orders and higher service levels.

Here’s a look at what you need to know: What restaurants in Austin are open?

Austin restaurants are open to the public.

The city has a full-service restaurant licensing program and a number of local restaurants have also been approved for restaurants.

Many of those restaurants have reopened.

Where are they located?

The city’s downtown area, the University of Texas at Austin campus and the Downtown Austin Area are the main areas that restaurants will be able to open.

The University of Houston has reopened its downtown campus, while Austin’s Downtown Mall has reopened.

Other areas, including Southside, will likely open early, but they are still not open to public dining.

How can I check availability?

Visit AustinCity.gov/libraries for information on local public libraries, which may be able assist you with obtaining a license.

The Austin Public Library system is located at the University Library Center.

What is a license?

A license is a temporary, non-monetary license that allows restaurants to open for public consumption.

A license gives the restaurant the ability to sell food to patrons and receive service.

There are various types of licenses, and you’ll need to contact the appropriate licensing authority for more information.

What are the rules for public dining in Austin?

Public dining is permitted in public spaces and areas designated as public dining areas (PDA).

These areas include parks, schools, churches, libraries, and government offices.

What types of establishments are open in Austin after the storm?

Restaurants that are open for business will be required to have a valid business license and to follow all of the rules that apply to restaurants.

Where do I find more information?

Visit the Austin City Hall website, where you’ll find additional information on public dining, restaurants and public safety.

What can you do if you or someone you know is stranded in the storm-affected area?

Visit Emergency Assistance and Resources for additional information and resources.