Of the 71 restaurants, 10 are in North Texas with just one in Dallas — Asian Mint, which has four locations in the area.
"As we have continuously stayed open to feed souls, this grant helps with operations, especially staff support," says Asian Mint owner Nikki Phinyawatana. "We have been fortunate to be able to keep all our team members, and we all are very grateful for our Mint fanatics."
Each awarded restaurant received $2,500 to help pay employees and defray other costs. The Texas Conference for Women provided the funds to the Texas Restaurant Association’s Texas Restaurant Relief Fund, which dispersed the grants. Restaurateurs had to apply to earn the funds.
“The Texas Conference for Women strives to help women in the workplace and all areas of their lives,” said Carla Piñeyro Sublett, Texas Conference for Women board president, in a statement. “This year, women business owners are facing unprecedented challenges, and we truly wanted to give back and show the power that comes from women helping women.”
Women are shouldering a disproportionate burden of the impact of COVID-19, according to the news release.
“The pandemic has resulted in mass layoffs in many industries that employ women, such as hospitality and retail; has increased caregiving responsibilities; and has had a devastating impact on women-owned small businesses,” according to the release.
Texas restaurants have lost more than 700,000 jobs because of the pandemic, according to the statement. This effort is to help relieve some of that burden.
Here’s a full list of the restaurants receiving funds; as usual, a list such as this involves many restaurants in Austin. Below are the ones in North Texas:
Bless That Jerk BBQ
Blessings By The Pound
Cafe Chadra Inc. (Chadra Mezza)
Carpenters Cafe & Catering
Funky Picnic Brewery & Café
The Healthy Hippie Cafe
Stir Crazy Baked Goods