In an effort to support area businesses through the global coronavirus global, the city of Van Alstyne announced that it would begin posting a weekly status update of local restaurants.

In a memo announcing the new initiative, City Manager Lane Jones said that Val Alstyne citizens are caring by nature.

He noted that many restaurants have previously been generous to local youth sports teams and community events. Now it is time to return the favor by shopping small and locally.

“Most of our businesses are locally owned and operated and the recent COVID-19 outbreak has gravely impacted not only how they conduct business, but the decline in patronage is crippling,” Jones said. “They are asking for your patronage and support and are taking steps to provide you with services while meeting this ever-changing business climate.”

Texas Congressman John Ratcliffe is also working to assist small businesses and other community members.

He recently added a page to his website that is dedicated specifically to the coronavirus pandemic. It includes information about how business owners can apply for Small Business Associations (SBA) disaster loans.

“As our communities do their part to fight the spread of coronavirus, it’s no secret that our local businesses are taking a hit,” Ratcliffe said. “That’s why my staff and I are in constant contact with relevant state and federal agencies to ensure we’re providing small businesses with the resources they need.”

SBA economic disaster loans can offer up to $2 million in assistance to help overcome revenue loss caused by the disaster.

The interest rate for a small business is 3.75 percent and 2.75 percent for nonprofits. The funds can be applied to fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid due to the disaster.

Repayment terms are determined on a case-by-case basis. The goal is to give borrowers an affordable payment plan that they can successfully manage, sometimes for up to 30 years.

“I was pleased that Governor Abbott’s request for an emergency declaration was approved last week, so that small business owners in Van Alstyne can access the Small Businesses Administration’s long-term, low-interest loans through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program,” Ratcliffe said.

“As Congress continues to address this global pandemic, I’m committed to prioritizing the needs of our small businesses, which form the backbone of our local economy by providing jobs that support countless families in Northeast Texas.”

Below is the status of area restaurants as of March 19. The city of Van Alstyne plans to update this list weekly on its website,

Arroyo’s: carry out and delivery, 903-482-4207

Asian Cuisine: carry out and delivery, 903-482-4043

Braum’s: drive-thru open, 903-482-9030

Buck Snort BBQ: carry out, 903-482-6171

Coffee Lodge: drive-thru and to-go orders open, 903-482-5008

Donut Chef: closed this week, 903-482-6413

El Patio Escondido: carry out and curbside, 903-482-5588

Golden Chick: dining room closed, drive-thru open, 903-482-4160

Home Town Donuts: dining room closed, to go orders open, 903-482-0305

Jack in the Box: dining room closed, drive-thru open, 903-482-9450

Jafar’s Mediterranean Grill: curbside pick up and delivery, 903-712-3463

Jalapenos: closed, 903-482-4128

JoJo’s Fried Pies: closed until further notice, 903-712-7437

La Cima: carry out, 903-712-3663

McDonald’s: dining room closed, drive-thru and walk-up windows providing service, 903-712-2006

Mi Taco: drive-thru open and to-go orders, 903-482-5008

Quick Check: carry out, 903-482-5507

Romano’s: carry out and delivery, 903-482-0606

Rudy’s: out of business

Sonic Drive-In: no change in operations, 903-712-0012

Subway: drive-thru open and to-go orders, 903-482-5008

The Roost: carry out and delivery, 903-482-6600