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Report: Houston’s Thriving Restaurant Scene Isn’t Savory for Everyone

More than 230,000 people work in some 10,000 restaurants in Greater Houston. But a new report says despite the industry’s huge economic impact on the region, working conditions in many of these establishments are poor. We talk about the findings from the recent survey on Houston’s restaurant industry, the recommendations to improve working conditions for restaurants […]

More than 230,000 people work in some 10,000 restaurants in Greater Houston. But a new report says despite the industry’s huge economic impact on the region, working conditions in many of these establishments are poor.

We talk about the findings from the recent survey on Houston’s restaurant industry, the recommendations to improve working conditions for restaurants workers and what this all means for restaurant goers with Laura Perez-Boston, Harris County Campaign Director for the Texas Organizing Project.

We also talk with Chris Cusack, co-founder and CEO of Treadsack, a restaurant and lifestyle group, about his proposal to eliminate tipping altogether.

MORE:
Behind the Kitchen Door: Extreme Inequality and Opportunity in Houston’s Vibrant Restaurant Economy (Restaurant Opportunities Center of Houston, Nov. 12, 2015)
Statement from the Greater Houston Restaurant Association (PDF, Dec. 4, 2015)

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