Business owners await governor’s signature of bill that includes $180M for hospitality, tourism industries

SAN ANTONIO – Thousands of eating places, theaters and different companies in Texas impacted by the pandemic could possibly be getting money due to a grant program within the works.

The Texas Legislature added $180 million to assist native hospitality and tourism companies into Senate Bill 8, the federal pandemic aid bill.

Blanca Aldaco, the proprietor of Aldaco’s Restaurant in Stone Oak, mentioned this hospitality and tourism grant program within the works couldn’t have come at a greater time.

“Everything is on the rise, including all the way from protein to the containers for our food to go,” Aldaco mentioned.

Aldaco mentioned her business continues to really feel the impression of the pandemic.

“Our business is definitely down. We’re down about 30% ever since the pandemic started,” Aldaco mentioned.

One of the methods Aldaco mentioned she would use money from the grant could be to pay the restaurant’s licenses.

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“I feel that many of the businesses that are still open, they’re going to use it to continue to do, like, advertising — think of ways how to lure new clients, think of ways how to control their costs,” Aldaco mentioned.

Dawn Ann Larios, the manager director for the Texas Restaurant Association West Region, mentioned many eating places are nonetheless struggling.

“Beef has gone up, fats and oils. Eggs are up. Processed poultry is up. Flour is up. You name it. The prices have increased astronomically and so our restaurants still need help,” Larios mentioned.

The Texas Restaurant Association labored with many organizations so as to add hospitality and tourism grant funding to Senate Bill 8.

“Every little bit helps, and we’re not going to stop until our restaurants get through this pandemic,” Larios mentioned.

Larios mentioned they’re now ready for the governor to signal this bill to study extra about how the funding shall be distributed.

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“This money … is not going to bring back many of the businesses that have already closed down, but it will definitely be very impactful for those businesses that are still open,” Aldaco mentioned.

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