As Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday afternoon that he is allowing businesses to open at 100% capacity and ending Texas’ statewide mask mandate next week, the dining room of Al Biernat’s in Highland Park erupted into cheers.

“People were celebrating and happy and they were feeling really good about it. Well, most of them,” said owner Al Biernat. “I had a few tables that looked upset, but most tables were actually celebrating the whole thing at lunch today.”

The new executive order allows restaurants and bars, along with every other business in the state of Texas, to open at full

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