Some national interest shifted to Texas last week after Gov. Greg Abbott announced last week that restaurants could reopen for dine-in, but many San Antonio businesses elected not to and one owner went on CNN to explain his decision.

Mike Nguyen, owner of Noodle Tree, a ramen spot near the University of Texas at San Antonio, spoke with CNN anchor Erin Burnett on "Outfront" on May 1, the day restaurants had the green light to reopen for dine-in. He told Burnett his grandmother died of COVID-19 and he has decided to pause his own chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He's also dealing with running a restaurant in the current situation. He told Burnett he did not feel comfortable opening Noodle Tree for dine-in because his customers are like "family." Nguyen said the 25 percent model is "not worth losing lives over."

On Monday, Nguyen posted a to the national segment, saying he has received worldwide support since the airing.

"I want to thank everyone who has reached out in support of me. I did the right thing and didn’t expect anything of it," he said online. "I have been working to respond personally to everyone who show me support."

Watch the full interview below.

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