Broken Spoke delays reopening to May 18 following new Gov. Abbott orders

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — One of Texas’ most legendary honky-tonks is reopening its doors — but later than it thought.

Broken Spoke said on Facebook earlier this week it would take advantage of Gov. Greg Abbott’s green light to operate at 25% capacity and will open May 1.

“We’re ecstatic and ready to welcome y’all back to the Best Honky Tonk in Texas and that means the world to us!” the Facebook post said.

But, on Thursday Owner James White told KXAN it had gotten a call from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, saying even though it only planned to sell food, it could not open Friday because of the amount of alcohol the Broken Spoke sells. According to the TABC, if more than 51% of a businesses sales come from alcohol, they cannot reopen May 1.

“It just doesn’t seem right other places can be open and we can’t,” White said, but added Broken Spoke planned to reopen May 18, the date Abbott had outlined in Phase 2 of his plan. The Broken Spoke had previously planned to open its full restaurant and dance hall area on that date.

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