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May 02, 2020
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Georgia was the first state to reopen restaurant dining rooms, followed closely by Tennessee. Now Alaska, Iowa, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah all have plans to allow dining rooms to reopen in the foreseeable future.While some chains are jumping at the chance to reopen as quickly as possible, other chains are choosing to stick to drive-thru and carry-out or to stay shuttered altogether.

Here's a breakdown of which chain restaurants are planning to reopen dining rooms and when, and the chain restaurants that are choosing to remain closed.

  • McDonald's
    McDonald's has not announced any immediate plans to reopen dining rooms.However will continue serving customers in the US through drive-thru, walk-in takeout, and delivery."
  • Starbucks
    Starbucks is planning to open 90% of its US locations by June 1. However, most stores will still remain drive thru and pickup-only. Only select locations will allow customers inside, and those locations will remove seating and place social distancing markers indicating where customers should stand.
  • Chili's
    Chili's reopened its dining rooms in Georgia on Monday, the day that reopening was allowed. The chain also reopened dining rooms in its restaurants in Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, North Dakota and South Dakota on May 1.
  • Dunkin'
    Dunkin' has not announced any plans to reopen dining rooms including in Georgia or any of the states that are relaxing restrictions.
  • Chick-fil-A
    Chick-fil-A has no immediate plans to reopen its dining rooms.
  • Waffle House
    Waffle House reopened dining rooms in locations that were takeout-only in Georgia and Tennessee. The chain plans to continue to reopen dining rooms in takeout-only locations as more states continue to loosen restrictions. However, shuttered locations will remain closed for the time being.
  • Chipotle
    Chipotle has not announced any immediate plans to open up its dining rooms.
  • Texas Roadhouse
    Texas Roadhouse has not announced any plans to reopen its dining rooms.
  • Burger King
    Burger King has not announced immediate plans to reopen its dining rooms.
  • Wendy's
    Wendy's has not announced any immediate plans to reopen its dining rooms.
  • Outback Steakhouse
    Outback Steakhouse has already started to reopen dining rooms in Georgia and Texas and plans to continue to do so as restrictions loosen. Reopened dining rooms operate at a limited capacity and some serve a limited menu.
  • Raising Cane's
    Raising Cane's is in no hurry to reopen its dining rooms, and has no immediate plans to do so.
  • Dickey's BBQ
    Dickey's Barbecue is reopening dining rooms in Georgia and Texas & plans to continue reopening dining rooms as allowed, and at 25% capacity.
  • Cracker Barrel
    Cracker Barrel reopened some dining rooms in Georgia and Tennessee, and reopened dining rooms in Texas, Oklahoma, and Utah on Friday. The chain plans to reopen dining rooms in Florida on Monday and will continue reopening as states allow.
  • Yum Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell)
    Yum Brands CEO David Gibbs has said that the parent company of Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, and more is in no rush to reopen dining rooms. Those chains have not yet announced immediate plans to reopen.
  • Cheesecake Factory
    The Cheesecake Factory has not announced any immediate plans for reopening its dining rooms.
  • Applebee's
    Applebee's reopened dining rooms in Georgia and Tennessee this week, and plans to reopen dining rooms as allowed across the country. The chain plans to reopen dining rooms in Alaska, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah in the near future.
  • IHOP
    IHOP has started reopening dining rooms at locations in Georgia and Tennessee.
  • Darden (Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, and others)
    Darden has already started reopening dining rooms in Georgia and Tennessee and plans to continue reopening in states that will allow it.
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