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Town Square: The Road to Reopening Restaurants and Bars (Sept. 22, 2020)

We discuss Governor Abbott’s decision to allow restaurants to open at 75% capacity, but bars must remain closed.

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Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues.

For this episode, Ernie is joined by Emily Williams Knight, president and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association; and Michael Klein, executive director of the Texas Bar & Nightclub Alliance, to discuss Governor Greg Abbott’s recent decision to allow restaurants to open at 75% capacity, but keep bars and nightclubs closed. Houston bar/restaurant owner Bobby Huegel joins the discussion to draw a distinction between small neighborhood bars and the riskier environments of nightclubs, and address the need for a more in-depth discussion of the issue at the state level. And Caroline Starry, director of development for the Southern Smoke Foundation, joins to talk about how the organization is helping people in the food and beverage industry who are in crisis.

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Troy Schulze

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Troy Schulze is a producer for Houston Matters. He also produces the podcast Party Politics and the digital video series Skyline Sessions. Schulze has been working as a writer and producer in digital media for over 20 years. He has received three Emmy nominations for his work on the TV...

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