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Grassroots Response Team Forms to Help Houston Restaurant & Bar Owners Navigate COVID-19

Posted: June 30, 2020 at 2:56 pm   /   Coronavirus, News, To The Trade

In January, a labor shortage was one of the biggest issues Houston restaurant owners faced. Now, restaurateurs have to contend not only with operating with reduced revenue and staff but also the consequences of what happens when even just one employee tests positive for COVID-19. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease […]

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Texas Again Orders Bars to Close, Restaurants to Reduce Capacity Amid Coronavirus Surge — Updated

Posted: June 26, 2020 at 10:00 am   /   Breaking News, News

After a record 5,996 new COVID-19 cases in Texas were reported yesterday, Governor Greg Abbott has ordered bars to once again close and restaurants to drop back to 50% guest occupancy. The order that restaurants reduce capacity goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, June 29. Bars are to close by noon on Friday, […]

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Some Houston Restaurants Take Proactive Steps to Slow COVID-19 As Abbott Pauses Reopening — Updated

Posted: June 25, 2020 at 5:40 pm   /   News

In the wake of two straight days of recording breaking levels of new COVID-19 cases — over 5,000 per day — and with Texas Medical Center ICU beds completely occupied (albeit with contingency bedspace available elsewhere), Texas Governor Greg Abbott “paused” his aggressive reopening plan on June 25. In a statement released today, he said, […]

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The colorful, pergola-style patio at Kau Ba Saigon in Montrose.

The Best Restaurant Patios in Houston

Posted: June 24, 2020 at 5:01 pm   /   Houston Restaurants to Know, News

Patios used to be a rare sight in Houston, probably owing to the region’s notorious heat. However, in the mid-2000s, these relaxing outdoor venues started cropping up all over town. Some establishments simply added rows of tables wherever they could, while others built elaborate outdoor eating spaces. In the before-times, you might have even called […]

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Restaurant & Bar Owners Navigate COVID-19 With Scant Government Rules to Follow

Posted: June 18, 2020 at 8:11 am   /   Featured, News

with research contributions by Katricia Lang The Texas and Harris County stay-at-home orders that shut down restaurant dining rooms and bars in mid-March to delay the spread of COVID-19 was only the first phase of a brutal situation that has pummeled businesses. Reopening, which started in phases on May 1, has come with new problems. […]

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