RALEIGH, N.C. -- While many restaurants have closed their doors since the pandemic, some are actually opening for the first time.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, which started as a butcher shop back in 1979 in Houston, TX has opened its first location in North Carolina.

The chain had put off its opening for a bit due to COVID-19, but decided it was time to bring their menu and flaming table-side creations to Raleigh residents.

While the restaurant is only serving at half capacity due to state-wide restrictions, the chain hired its usual number of around 100 staff members to help get Perry’s up and running.

The expansive restaurant has nearly 13,000 square feet of dining space, including an outdoor terrace.

“One of the unique characteristics of Perry's Bar 79 is that the walls actually open up to our patio dining, which is perfect during these times when guests might not be completely feeling comfortable dining inside. We basically have this entire bar that they can dine within,” says Lesa Sorrentino, chief strategy officer for Perry’s Restaurants.

Because of the pandemic, the chain has also begun offering curbside pick up and delivery options for those who are still hesitant to dine in.