Houston News : Half of Texas restaurants might shut down in 6 months, survey says

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Houston’s one of the most vibrant restaurant towns in the nation, but we could take an even more devastating hit if more of our most beloved foodie treasures don’t survive the pandemic.  The Texas Restaurant Association released results of a survey this week that predicts that 50 percent of Texas restaurants won’t be open in six months if they don’t receive needed federal funding.

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Houston’s one of the most vibrant restaurant towns in the nation, but we could take an even more devastating hit if more of our most beloved foodie treasures don’t survive the pandemic.  The Texas Restaurant

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Houston’s one of the most vibrant restaurant towns in the nation, but we could take an even more devastating hit if more of our most beloved foodie treasures don’t survive the pandemic.  The Texas Restaurant Association released results of a survey this week that predicts that 50 percent of Texas restaurants won’t be open in six months if they don’t receive needed federal funding.

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Houston’s one of the most vibrant restaurant towns in the nation, but we could take an even more devastating hit if more of our most beloved foodie treasures don’t survive the pandemic.  The Texas Restaurant

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Photo: The Tasting Room

Half of Texas restaurants might shut down in 6 months, survey says

Houston’s famous restaurant scene could find itself in an even more dire position without a significant influx of government cash, according to a recent survey.

The Texas Restaurant Association released results of a survey this week predicting half percent of Texas restaurants will close within the next six months if they don’t receive federal funding.

In Texas, the pandemic took a particularly heavy financial toll on the restaurant industry, leaving many of the restaurants to shutter their doors.  The industry lost an estimated $4.2 billion in sales and nearly 700,000 jobs from March to April, according to the TRA.

Houston restaurant favorites including Patrenella’s, Bernie’s Burger Bus and Barry’s Pizza were forced to close permanently as the pandemic dragged on and sales foundered.

“We’d been thinking about [the possibility of closing] since Christmas, but then the virus came along and we had to close. The restaurant business was in terrible shape,” Patrenella’s Owner Sammy Patrenella told Chron.com’s Marcy de Luna.

According to the survey, 71 percent of restaurant operators don’t believe sales will return to normal (pre-coronavirus numbers) within the next six months.

The cost of doing business has also risen, with 73 percent of those surveyed saying operational costs have increased.

Many restaurants have moved their sales online and are offering delivery, curbside pick-up or purchases through third-party delivery apps. The survey noted that 77 percent of businesses reported that off-site sales currently outweigh in-store sales.

Houston foodies, there’s a way to support some of your favorite restaurants. The TRA has created a Texas Relief Restaurant Fund, a nonprofit which has provided $2.5 million in grants to more than 500 restaurants. Donations can also be made by texting TRRF to 31996.



in Houston

Source : chron.com