Texas restaurants emerge from winter storm, massive power outages

Operators now face struggles with water systems and supply chain


Ron Ruggless, Nation's Restaurant News

Feb 18, 2021


Texas restaurant operators Thursday were beginning to emerge from the tire- and head-spinning five-day ordeal with winter.


Along with residents, restaurateurs first dealt with icy temperatures, blowing snow and widespread power outages as the electricity distribution grid nearly fell apart in the storm that began Sunday. Now they are dealing with bursting frozen pipes, boil-water orders, spoilage and a constipated supply chain.


Tinku Saini, CEO and co-founder of Tarka, which has locations in Austin, Houston and San Antonio, closed Sunday when the winter storm began.


“At first, it was an issue with electricity,” Saini said. “None of our locations had power; all of them were restored yesterday [Wednesday] evening.”


But Tarka is facing water issues on Thursday as temperatures in the state began to rise near freezing...