Texas Conference for Women Donates $177,500 to Women-Owned Restaurants in Initiative with Texas Restaurant Association

Sep 22
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In an effort to help those impacted by a pandemic-battered economy, the Texas Conference for Women has donated $177,500 to women-owned restaurants across the state in an initiative with the Texas Restaurant Association.

As a result, 71 women-owned restaurants from all corners of the Texas – from Amarillo to Laredo – received $2,500 to help pay employees and defray other costs. The Texas Conference for Women provided the funds to the Texas Restaurant Association’s Texas Restaurant Relief Fund, which dispersed the grants. A list of the grant recipients can be found at the bottom of this article.

“The Texas Conference for Women strives to help women in the workplace and in all areas of their lives,” said Carla Piñeyro Sublett, Texas Conference for Women Board President. “This year women business owners are facing unprecedented challenges, and we truly wanted give back and to show the power that comes from women helping women,”

The non-partisan, nonprofit Texas Conference for Women – whose 21st annual conference will be held virtually on October 1st – is committed to promoting gender equality and to amplifying the influence of women in the workplace.

This year women are shouldering a disproportionate burden due to the impact of Covid-19. The pandemic has resulted in mass layoffs in many industries that employ women, such as hospitality and retail, has increased caregiving responsibilities, and has had a devastating impact on small businesses.

Texas restaurants have lost more than 700,000 jobs due to the pandemic, and restaurants have been forced to lay off hundreds of thousands of employees.

“We are thrilled that the partnership between TRA and the Texas Conference for Women will provide financial support for so many women-owned restaurant businesses around the state,” said Dr. Emily Williams Knight, President and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association. “This will allow their doors to stay open, keep their staff employed, and provide food and commerce in their communities.”

The upcoming Texas Conference for Women will feature keynote speakers including global philanthropist Melinda Gates, actor and producer Issa Rae, and author and poet Elizabeth Acevedo. The interactive Conference also will feature topical breakout sessions and will give attendees opportunities to network, support women-owned businesses in a virtual exhibit hall and participate in career coaching and resume reviews. 

The Texas Conference for Women is part of the nation’s largest network of women’s conferences, with events in California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as year-round programming.

Women-Owned Restaurants Receiving Grants

A Latina's Table
Lisa Mejia
Hutto, TX

Alamo Kitchens
Tracie Shelton
San Antonio, TX

Asian Mint
Nikky Phinyawatana
Dallas, TX

Baby Faye's
Valarie Farek
McCamey, TX

Baby Greens
Sharon Mays
Austin, TX

Bayside Bar and Grill 
Kimberly Stone
Bay City, TX

Beneventi’s Italian
Jan Underwood
Fort Worth, TX

Bird’s rotisserie
Sandra Cedillo
Rio Grande City, TX

Blenders and Bowls 
Erin Thompson
Austin, TX

Bless That Jerk BBQ 
Shellion Reid
Denton, TX

Blessings By The Pound
Christal Jones 
Grand Prairie, TX

Brentwood Social House
Suzanne Daniels
Austin, TX

Buenos Aires Café 
Paola Guerrero
Austin, TX

Cafe Chadra Inc. (Chadra Mezza)
Christina Elbitar
Fort Worth, TX

Cafe Unique 
Shellie Alvarado 
Midland, TX

Corina Rivas 
Lubbock, TX 

Carpenters Cafe & Catering 
Katrina Rischer
Fort Worth, TX

Crafthouse Gastropub 
Kate Diehl
Lubbock, TX

Crema Bakery & Cafe
Jessica Tomberlin
Austin, TX

Jessica Sanders
Austin, TX

Fabiola Cruz
Rio Grande City, TX

Fair Winds
Nicole Omholt
Lewisville, TX

foreign & domestic 
Sarah Heard
Austin, TX

Freshbox of Amarillo 
Anna Lisa Ramos
Amarillo, TX

Funky Picnic Brewery & Café
Samantha Glenn
Fort Worth, TX

Gigi’s Kitchen LLC
Maricela Gonzalez
Mission, TX

Gloria’s Diner
Kimberley Herard
Midland, TX

Amy Martinez
Spring, Texas

Hashi Teppan Grill 
Jennifer Cheung 
Abilene, TX

Hercules Barbecue 
Rosa Garza
Odessa, TX

Hu Dat Noodle House 
Lyly Le-Nguyen 
Corpus Christi, TX

Karat Bar and Bistro
Amber Schacter
Wichita Falls, TX

Killa Wasi
Kati Luedecke
Austin, TX

La Cocina de Consuelo
Leticia Garcia 
Austin, TX

La Sirena Taqueria 
Josie Paredes
Austin, TX

Le Bleu
Trinh Nguyen
Austin, TX

Lenoir Restaurant
Jessica Maher
Austin, TX

Lé Pam's House of Creole 
Pamela Graham 
Spring, TX 

Lolitas Bistro
Gabriela Fernandez
Laredo, TX

Mexi Cocina Cafe 
Norma Cedillo
Pharr, TX

Mi Pueblito Restaurant
Sara Velasquez
Katy, TX

Kristen Fields
Austin, TX

Mom's Place
Clarissa Robles
Mission, TX

Monte Carlo Cafe
Sylvia Olivarez
Donna, TX

Nieh Holdings LLC
Sharetea Austin & Christine Nieh 
Austin, TX

Christin Rowan
Austin, TX

Pelons Tex Mex
Tasha Miller
Austin, TX

PeRey's Pizza Restaurant
Diana Reyna Moreno
Rio Grande City, TX

Susan Tinsley
Austin, TX

Real Real Jamaica 
Jodi-Ann Brown
San Antonio, TX

Rebel Cheese
Kirsten Maitland
Austin, TX

Roco’s Hot Wings
Bridgette Burrage
Bastrop, TX

Schnitzels & Giggles LLC
Alexandra Graf
Bowie, TX

Shannon’s Sweets
Shannon Farrell 
Mercedes, TX

Stir Crazy Baked Goods
Robbie Werner 
Fort Worth, TX

Sweet Ritual
Valerie Ward
Austin, TX

Sylver Spoon
Sylver Monaco
New Braunfels, TX

Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen
Sylvia Casares
Houston, TX
Mariqua Hernandez 
Abilene, TX

Taqueria el Taco Loco
Idalia Sosa
Brownsville, TX

Thai Orchid 
Buntarika Suthisripok 
Wichita Falls, TX

The Lunch Box Cafe & Catering
Susan Orand
Texarkana, TX

The Perfect Bite
Barbara Zoern
Austin, TX

The Pizza Joint
Melissa Goldberg
El Paso, TX

The Rack Pub & Eatery
Tawni Jones
Bowie, TX

The Steeping Room
Emily Morrison
Austin, TX

The Wayback Cafe
Sydney Sue
Austin, TX 

The Healthy Hippie Cafe
Kelli Myatt 
Keller, TX

Touchdown Grill & Cantina 
Catrina Allafchian 
Odessa, TX

Yardbird Wing Bar and Grill
Ashley Briones
Austin, TX

Zulma's Mexican Restaurant
Zulma Benitez
Rio Grande City, TX

About the Texas Restaurant Association 
The Texas Restaurant Association was formed in 1937 to serve as the advocate in Texas and the indispensable resource for the foodservice industry. Today, as a leading business association, TRA represents the state’s $70 billion restaurant industry, which is comprised of more than 50,000 locations and a workforce of 1.3 million employees. Along with the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, the Association represents, educates and promotes the growing industry.



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