The Covid-19 crisis has hit the restaurant industry hard, not just in Texas but the whole world. I have seen many of my colleagues in the industry change their strategies so their businesses can survive the pandemic. However, I have also seen some of them size down or close their doors permanently because they couldn’t afford to keep their business running amid the so-called new normal.
Thankfully, the Texas Restaurant Association is doing what it can to support restaurant owners and help them get through this trying time. Among the initiatives they undertook is to launch the Texas Restaurant Relief Fund.
Recently, the Association distributed some $177,500 worth of relief funds to 71 women-owned restaurants in Texas with the help of the Texas Conference for Women. Ten of those businesses are from North Texas, and one of them is my restaurant Asian Mint.
Covid-19 economic losses affect women the most
According to a statement the Texas Restaurant Association released on its website, TX Conference for Women board president Carla Piñeyro Sublett said that “women business owners are facing unprecedented challenges.” Moreover, the organization “wanted to give back and show the power that comes from women helping women.”
And women do need more help in this economic climate. An NPR report stated that women are the ones most affected by the losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s because the pandemic hit industries that have high female employment the hardest. These industries include the hotel and restaurant sectors. Of the people that lost their jobs due to the crisis, 55% are women.
The 71 recipients of the Texas Restaurant Relief Fund are businesses owned and run by women. The funding, which amounts to $2,500 per recipient, is meant to help with operating costs and employee salaries. The Texas Restaurant Association and Texas Conference for Women disbursed the funding based on the applications the restaurateurs sent.
A big thank you to Texas Restaurant Association and Texas Conference for Women
I want to express my gratitude to the Texas Restaurant Association and the Texas Conference for Women for including my Asian Mint among the business they have endowed with relief funding. The funding shall go a long way towards supporting our staff, feeding souls, and serving our community.
My team and I are fortunate that, despite the crisis, we have managed to stay open. Even though our dining rooms are closed, we are still able to provide deliveries and curbside pickups. We also created a new product, our ChefMint kits. I am truly happy that all our staff remain with us and that we continue to enjoy the support of our Mint Fanatics.
I am truly grateful. Thank you, Texas Restaurant Association and Texas Conference for Women.