El Paso Institution L&J Cafe Reopens for Dine-in and Curbside Pickup
If you’ve been waiting to once again get your Mex on at L & J Café, you’ll be happy to know the iconic El Paso restaurant has re-opened its doors to diners.
For those choosing to sit it out a little longer but miss their heavenly green enchiladas, the restaurant will also be doing online ordering and curbside pickup .
As is the case for any establishment allowed to welcome customers back inside, seating capacity is limited (50% for restaurants), social distancing is mandated, and employees are required to wear masks per the local directive.
L & J was forced to close in April due to the coronavirus pandemic and opted not to continue as take-out only. Even after restaurants were given the go-ahead to reopen their dining room at 25% capacity on May 1, L & J owner Leo Duran choose not to, explaining on the restaurant’s Facebook he felt It wasn’t safe enough yet for customers or his employees.
Temporary operating hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
While the restaurant portion of the Old Place by the Graveyard has reopened, the bar will remain closed. According to Mr. Duran, current social distancing requirements make opening the bar area "next to impossible.”