BlackOut Tuesday

Restaurants Closing, Showing Solidarity as Houston Protests

Some establishments are donating funds to social causes and advocacy groups.

By Timothy Malcolm June 2, 2020

Across Houston, some restaurants and bars have closed Tuesday to honor the life of Bayou City native George Floyd, who died last week in police custody after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Other establishments are donating money to organizations supporting social change. 

Here’s a rundown of restaurants and bars that have chosen to address today’s events (a march is planned for 3 p.m. at Discovery Green in honor of Floyd) and the larger issues surrounding Floyd’s death.

Bravery Chef Hall: Closed Tuesday. “We take this time to reflect on how to move forward, care for each other and create a better community,” reads an Instagram post.

Coterie: Closing early Tuesday. Employees will be fully compensated for time off.

Nobie’s: Both Nobie’s and The Toasted Coconut are closed Tuesday. “For many of us in hospitality, we’ve been told never to mix business with personal values,” reads an Instagram post. “But [expletive] that.”

Postino: Both locations closed Tuesday. “We will be reflecting on how we can contribute to this movement and allowing our team members time to participate in the events happening around us,” reads a statement from Lauren Bailey, CEO of Upward Projects. She adds the company is donating to the NAACP, Campaign Zero, the Equal Justice Initiative, Black Lives Matter, Until Freedom, and Black Visions Collective.

Rosie Cannonball: Through June, all proceeds for every pizza purchased will be donated to the NAACP. Also, Goodnight Hospitality is donating proceeds of June's Rosé at Montrose Cheese and Wine to the NAACP.

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