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Food News: Popular Steakhouse Temporarily Closes Because of COVID-19

Plus, we've seen reports that the minds behind MF Sushi are opening a spot in the Heights.

By Timothy Malcolm June 15, 2020

The store at Taste of Texas is still operating, shipping out steaks via online orders.

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Popular steakhouse Taste of Texas has closed temporarily because a member of its staff has tested positive for COVID-19. All employees will be tested before the restaurant re-opens; until then, the steakhouse is still shipping steaks that you can buy online through its separate store.

According to Eater, the folks of MF Sushi will be opening a new spot called Ume at 2802 White Oak Dr in the Heights (the former Barnaby's). Per the report, the restaurant will seat 60 with a sushi bar and secondary bar area, and it is set to debut within a few months.

The owners of Davis Chevrolet and Mike Calvert Toyota have loaned five Chevrolet Equinoxes and five Toyota RAV4s to the Houston Food Bank for deliveries to both quarantined people and those considered high-risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Houston Food Bank does not typically do direct deliveries to homes, but the overwhelming need and special circumstances of COVID-19 lead to the start of this assistance,” volunteer Jim Day said. Deliveries include senior meals, diabetic-friendly food kits, and 13-pound disaster boxes meant to supplement a family's food supply.

On July 1, popular bar Mongoose Vs. Cobra is changing into Red Dwarf, an all-day coffee shop, music and art venue, and full bar in the evenings. "This was an opportunity to share the space for more hours a day and with many more people," Mongoose Vs. Cobra owner Ian Rosenberg said in a release. The venue is located at 1011 McGowen St in Midtown.

Those in the hospitality industry that would like to apply for the next round of payments via the federal Paycheck Protection Program can do so now, and the U.S. Small Business Administration recommends submitting applications to your lender of choice by June 20. The SBA's Houston office is hosting webinars this week; here's a link for Wednesday's event, and here's a link for Friday's.

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