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Anonymous Hospitality Worker Complaints Highlight Need for Better Industry Practices

Posted: August 1, 2020 at 2:00 pm   /   News

Only 11 days after it launched, @welp_713, an Instagram account created for Houston service workers to anonymously voice grievances, already had 1,185 followers and complaints about nine businesses — some with six or seven negative posts each. The @welp__512 Instagram account, which focuses on Austin, has a staggering 41,100 followers and received so many complaints […]

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

Posted: July 31, 2020 at 6:08 pm   /   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   /   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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Houston Loses Downtown Bar & Heights Restaurant to COVID-Driven Economic Downturn

Posted: July 22, 2020 at 1:58 pm   /   News, Restaurant Closings

The efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 over the last few months have caused huge challenges for Texas bars and restaurants. Bars have been forced to shut down twice, although for this second time around, Governor Greg Abbott is at least allowing these businesses to sell drinks to-go.  Dining rooms were initially closed in […]

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