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Food News: Fertitta Donates $1 Million to Employees Affected by Laura

Plus, a popular French patisserie is expanding yet again, and this time into Sugar Land.

By Timothy Malcolm September 2, 2020

Tilman Fertitta, owner of Landry's Inc.

Tilman Fertitta, who owns Landry's Inc. with more than 600 restaurants and entertainment venues across the country, donated $1 million this week to the Landry's Employees in Lake Charles Relief Fund. The money will go to Landry's employees affected by Hurricane Laura, which tore through the Southwestern Louisiana coastline last week. Further, the Golden Nugget Lake Charles has been serving as a housing area for first responders and infrastructure workers.

The billionaire businessman has been busy over the past several months. Back in March, just after the initial spread of Covid-19 throughout North America, Feritta furloughed roughly 40,000 employees. A few weeks later, it was revealed that Landry's was feeding its out-of-work employees in Houston. He has advocated for extended unemployment benefits during the pandemic, and his company has been helping to feed NBA players inside the league's "bubble" in Orlando, Florida (Fertitta owns the Rockets).

Speaking of the Rockets, the team is collaborating with Second Servings of Houston to conduct a drive-thru distribution center on Thursday, serving 3,500 family-sized dinner boxes. The food is free, and you can drive through 10 a.m. to noon. at 1317 Austin St.

Sweet Paris Creperie & Cafe is expanding into Sugar Land. The venerable pastry concept, born in 2012 in Houston, will add its 11th Texas location at 15911 City Walk at Sugar Land Town Square. The space will be able to seat 74 inside and 42 on a patio. Look for it to open in the fall.

Looking for some artisan peanut butter? Fix & Fogg, a New Zealand-based company that produces several varieties of peanut butter and an "everything" butter with hemp, almond, peanut, pumpkin, sunflower, and more, now has a storefront window at 1731 Westheimer in Montrose. It's open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday.

Eater reports that former Underbelly sous chef Gary Ly will be opening a bar with a food menu based in local produce called 93 'Til (named for the song by hip-hop group Souls of Mischief) at the former Night Heron space at 1601 W Main St in Montrose. Look for a late 2020 opening, per the report.

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