Three Heights restaurants temporarily closed after employees tested positive for COVID-19, they announced June 12 on social media, the same day that restaurants across Texas were allowed to expand their dining room capacities to 75 percent per the executive order by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
Alice Blue, a bistro at 250 W. 19th St., said on Facebook that it would be closed at least through last weekend after a back-of-the-house employee tested positive for the contagious disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus. La Lucha and Superica, which are neighboring Ford Fry concepts at 1801 N. Shepherd Dr., said in an Instagram post that they planned to reopen Friday, June 19 after a “deep sanitization of both restaurants.”
La Lucha and Superica previously closed for more than two weeks in late March and early April, shortly after the pandemic reached the Houston area, as a precaution. Restaurant dining rooms in the Houston area were forced to close from March 17 through May 1, per an executive order by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.
“Maintaining the safety and health of our guests and staff continues to be our top priority, and we have notified all team members who may have come into contact with this individual, and we are actively working with the local health department and medical professionals to get the staff tested immediately,” read a post on La Lucha’s Instagram page.
At least two other area restaurants also closed recently because of the pandemic. Millie’s Kitchen & Cocktails at 3542 Oak Forest Dr., recently closed because an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Millie’s announced June 4 that it would be closed for two weeks.
FM Kitchen & Bar, 1112 Shepherd Dr., said in a May 30 Facebook post that it was temporarily closing because a “non-customer facing” employee was under quarantine with symptoms of COVID-19. The restaurant reopened June 6 after saying its other employees would be tested and the property would be thoroughly cleaned.
Alice Blue said every employee who had been in contact with the worker who tested positive also would be tested, and the restaurant would set a reopening date once all those test results came back. In the meantime, Alice Blue said it would thoroughly sanitize its bistro.
“We are grateful to our employee for coming to us immediately,” Alice Blue said. “We thank all of our loyal customers for their support and understanding while we go through this temporary closure.”