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Things were just getting better for restaurants in Texas. Then the winter storms hit

February 26, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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An aerial drone photo of South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas with a layer of snow followed by an arctic blast on Monday Feb. 15, 2021. South Lamar Boulevard is one of the main roads that run into downtown Austin. You can see the cityscape on the horizon. The power is currently out across most of Austin and Texas and residents are advised to stay home. (Photo by Pearcey Proper/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

For Mason Ayer, the frigid winter storm that tore through Texas felt like yet another punch in the gut.

And because business interruption insurance typically only kicks in as a result of physical property damage, he's not expecting insurance to cover those lost sales.

Restaurant operators in Texas were just starting to feel like things were turning around before the storm hit on.

Food spoilage coverage is an addition to commercial property insurance or a business owner's policy, Worters said.

Jon Alexis was preparing for a busy Valentine's Day at his two TJ's Seafood Market locations in Dallas.

Fallout from the storm was another blow in an unimaginable year, said Alexis.

Alexis said he's not planning to file insurance claims for any of the losses because he doesn't believe they'll be covered.

A pipe burst at Zavala's Barbecue, in Grand Prairie, and the restaurant will likely be closed for months, said co-owner Christan Zavala.

Nikki Senephoumy-Long has also had a hard time restocking shelves and buying ingredients for her restaurant and grocery store business Nalinh Market in Irving, Texas, after her inventory went bad.

Between the lost business during the storm and lower sales during the pandemic, Senephoumy-Long doesn't know how long she'll be able to keep her business open.

We're "doing everything day by day to stay open," said Cleveland.

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