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New Initiative To Support Houston’s Latin-Owned Businesses

Latin Restaurant Weeks aims to drum up business at Latino-run restaurants in Houston over the next two weeks.

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Peruvian-born baker Belen Bailey and her South American pastry shop Sweets by Belen, will be participating in Latin Restaurant Week.

A new initiative, called Latin Restaurant Weeks, is looking to spur business at Latino-run eateries in Houston. More than twenty mid-range and high-end restaurants will be offering discounted dinners over the next two weeks.

The initiative is modeled after Houston Restaurant Weeks and Houston Black Restaurant Week.

Participating restaurants will offer fixed menus at an affordable price. Casual diners will offer 3-course meals starting at $15 and upper scale places will have meals start at $35. They’ll offer a range of cuisine from Peru, Argentina, Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries.

"It's a two-week opportunity for Houstonians and visitors to dine at restaurants that they might have not have heard of because they are sometimes overlooked or in an under-served community," said Karinn Chavarria, founder of Latin Restaurant Weeks.

She said the timing is important, because a lot of businesses need an extra boost in the summertime.

"During the summer it's so slow. It's hot. Everybody's on vacation. Kids are out of school. So we wanted to bring it in the summer so they can really get some business," she said.

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Flavors from Venezuela, like these sweet corn pancakes with cheese, will be part of Latin Restaurant Weeks.

Chavarria also said since much of the restaurant industry relies on a Hispanic workforce, it’s important that Latino business owners and chefs are supported for their work.

Nearly 45% of Houston's foreign-born population work in food service or hospitality.

A list of restaurants participating in Latin Restaurant Weeks and their menus is available online.

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