We at Fetching Lab have been following the COVID-19 crisis very closely. We have read CDC guidance, and reached out to government officials for information and recommendations. We are taking this very seriously and want to make the right decision for both the health and safety of our community and the survival of Fetching Lab Brewery and Taproom. It is not without deep contemplation that we have come to a decision on our go-forward plans. Neither Galveston County nor Texas City has ordered a closure of Bars and Restaurants for our area. With that, we will be opening our normal Thurs-Sunday but with some changes and limitations.
- We highly encourage that if you are sick, please stay home. Follow CDC and local health guidance to prevent the spread of the virus.
- We encourage you to consider purchasing Beer To-Go. We sell Crowlers (canned beer) and will fill Growlers (bring your own growler). We sanitize both Crowlers and Growlers inside and out before filling them. We will be implementing a call-in ordering system to encourage To-Go Crowlers and Growlers. This will allow us to prepare your order and expedite the transaction for pick-up orders.
- We will be posting our menu each day on social media and our website.
- For call in orders, please call 281-414-7355. If no response, please leave a message or text with your name and order. We are also working on an online order option for your convenience. Stay tuned.
- We will be limiting our capacity by removing the seating from several tables to help create more space and encourage social distancing. This will also reduce our capacity well below the 50 people recommended by the CDC. Again, if you are in an at-risk group or sick, please consider to-go options or staying home.
- While we already keep a clean sanitary environment, we will be increasing the frequency of our processes. Tables and chairs and other surfaces will all be wiped down regularly with a bleach solution.
- Hand Sanitizer is available for customer use.
- Games will not be available for the next few weeks. You are welcome to bring your own.
- We will only be serving bottled water; the water cooler will be unavailable.
- We will be limiting our hours of operation and closing at 9pm. Our hours may change as we learn more.
- All special events that were planned for the next two weeks will be cancelled to reduce the potential for large crowd sizes.
- This has been a quickly changing environment and we will be adjusting as needed. Keep checking back for the latest details.
Lastly on a more personal note, we encourage you to support all local small businesses in whatever way you can. (Order To-Go or delivery, purchase gift cards, share and interact with social media posts, have compassion for the difficult decisions they are having to make etc.) This crisis will likely mean the end to many small family owned businesses. These businesses often operate on very small margins and are just squeaking by. They have put their life savings into a dream and are very afraid that this may be the end. The downturn in business alone, may be enough to tip the balance for some, but a complete mandated closure at the end of a month when bills are due, will mean disaster for many companies. The employees will be hurting as many do not have large savings to rely on. They are likely in fear that there may be no company to come back to after an extended closure and with a smaller job market because so many companies went out of business, what will they do? These are some of the considerations that we ourselves have had to discuss when coming to this decision. How do you make the right decision when you are faced with the risk of the virus vs. losing everything you’ve worked to build and your family and employees’ livelihood? Many people’s entire futures are on the line right now. Small businesses and their employees need your support, even it if it is just to have compassion for the difficult position this has put them in. Understand that we highly encourage you to follow CDC and Local Health Guidelines, and you should make the best decisions for your health and safety of your family. There are lots of ways to support a small business, that does not require putting you and your family at risk.
Stay tuned, stay safe, and stay informed.