Month: July 2020

The RESTAURANTS Act Could be the Lifeline That Small Eateries & Bars Need for Survival

POSTED: July 31, 2020 AT 6:08 pm   /   Featured, News

With the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) largely failing to meet the needs of independent bars and restaurants hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations and lawmakers are now trying to get a bill known as the RESTAURANTS Act to the House floor. The bipartisan measure was introduced by Congressman Earl Blumenaur (D-Ore) and co-sponsored by […]

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Iconic Houston Bar, Bakery & Woman-Led Woodlands Restaurant Close Due To COVID-19

POSTED: July 31, 2020 AT 11:54 am   /   Featured, News, Restaurant Closings

It’s inevitable that at some point a favorite bar or restaurant is going to close. Between thin margins and fickle consumers, the hospitality industry is notoriously volatile, even in the best of times — but for small bars and restaurants, the COVID-19 pandemic is the worst of times. There is a growing list of those […]

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Insurance Companies Refuse To Cover Restaurant COVID Loses— Updated

POSTED: July 29, 2020 AT 4:53 pm   /   News

The Texas hospitality industry can’t seem to catch a break. The recent spikes in COVID-19 cases have forced restaurants to return to 50% capacity and bars to close again. The first round of the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) didn’t provide many restaurant and bar owners as much financial relief as they had hoped […]

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TABC Allows Brewery Restaurants to Reinstate Dine-In Services — But More Help is Needed — Updated

POSTED: July 25, 2020 AT 3:04 pm   /   Bars, Breweries

As previously reported, Governor Greg Abbott’s reinterpretation of the “51% rule”, which deems businesses that make at least 51% of revenue from alcoholic beverage sales as bars rather than restaurants, forced breweries to halt dine-in services at onsite restaurants. That was true even when those restaurants adhered to or exceeded the Open Texas Guidelines for […]

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