Politan Row is getting back into the swing of things to help feed healthcare workers.

Rice Village has launched an initiative called Fare For Care, in which potentially 15,000 meals will be made in the neighborhood, then donated over the next two weeks to healthcare workers in the Texas Medical Center.

The campaign will start at Politan Row, where chefs from vendors Ate Kitchen, Breaking Bao, Cochinita & Co., Kin, Nice Sprout, Pacha, and Torshi will cook meals to be delivered to the TMC.

Other Rice Village restaurants and concepts, like Mendocino Farms, Sixty Vines, and Sweetgreen, are also planning to contribute. In all, the village will donate a minimum of 5,000 meals thanks to a $50,000 initial investment from Rice Management Company, and then match community donations for at minimum another 5,000 meals.

"Given the robust culinary offerings at Rice Village and our close proximity the Texas Medical Center, we created Fare For Care as a way to give back to the heroic health care workers who are risking their own lives to save others while simultaneously supporting our restaurant partners as they face a challenging time," Rice Management Company Investment manager Cecilia “Ceci” Arreola said in a press release. "And it gives our neighbors a tangible way to show love and support for the brave women and men on the medical frontlines."

You can donate to Fare For Care by clicking this link.

Public sought for call to Congress

Restaurant and bar operators and workers on Wednesday were urging support for a petition that calls on Congress to make changes to the Paycheck Protection Program that more fully cover smaller restaurants and hospitality businesses.

You can visit the Independent Restaurant Coalition website to view and sign the petition that asks Congress to:

  • Allow the origination date of a PPP loan to be the day a restaurant can legally open fully.
  • Extend maximum loan amounts to three months after restaurants can legally open fully.

The federal government launched the PPP to provide relief to small businesses being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Right now, $349 billion has been allotted, and the program will run out of money Thursday, according to White House officials.

Bun B's chicken sandwich returns

We keep saying that comfort is what we need, so how's about a hot chicken sandwich from Bun B? Last summer the legendary Houston rapper hooked up with Antone's Famous Po'Boys, in celebration of the sandwich shop's 50-year anniversary, and created the Hot Wang sandwich—breaded and fried chicken breast with drizzled buffalo sauce, bacon, and blue cheese-ranch dressing, on a ciabatta bun from Bread Man Baking Co. It was a hit, and now it's back.

Half of the proceeds from the sandwich benefit the Houston Music Foundation, which offers grants to local musicians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can get your Hot Wang sandwiches at two Antone's locations—4520 San Felipe and 2724 W. T.C. Jester—for curbside pick-up and delivery.

A meal at Monkey's Tail

If you're a first responder, health care professional, public servant, or out-of-work food-and-beverage industry worker looking for a meal, Monkey's Tail in Near Northside is taking care of you. Thanks in part to donations from partners and friends, the bar is offering free meals to essential workers and hospitality folks needing a bite from 4–8 p.m. most days. Check out its Instagram profile for more.

Instagram pushes new stickers

Businesses on Instagram can now add stickers in their IG stories that direct users to platforms to order food for delivery or buy gift cards. Dessert Gallery, for example, is already polishing up its sticker game (check out its stories by clicking the logo on the page)

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