San Antonio Blog

October 7, 2021
October 7, 2021 On October 7, 2021, the City of San Antonio’s Code Compliance Department started a Pilot Program where they are addressing calls for loud noise/vibrations in any given area of the City of San Antonio. They are taking readings from the sidewalk of the property line. Decibel Readings for a commercial property should not exceed 70! Themes for the Task Force: Enforcement Process/Proactivity Penalties Agency (Code Enforcement/SAPD) Noise Levels Levels Hours of lower sound...
July 23, 2021
July 22, 2021 We attended the Luke Postolos Education Foundation meeting yesterday to present a check for our contribution to their scholarship fund. The Luke Postolos scholarship is now open for the 2022 Spring Semester! If you are a TRA- San Antonio Chapter member, you, your employees and/or family members may apply!   See application below. apply now    
March 15, 2021
March 15, 2021 The City of San Antonio Hospitality Grants Application is now open! In partnership with the Houston Street TIRZ, $14.25 million has been provided to fund grants for the Hospitality Industry, with an emphasis on food & beverage small businesses.   This Hospitality Grant was the direct effect of San Antonio City Councilman ROBERTO TREVIÑO. He’s been fighting for our industry since the beginning of this pandemic and this grant is a direct result of his City Council...
March 10, 2021
March 10, 2021 Dear TRA-San Antonio Chapter Members, The Fourth Court of Appeals has issued a ruling today. In the ruling it states that the City of San Antonio's Paid Safe and Sick Leave provision establishes a minimum wage, which is inconsistent with the Texas Minimum Wage Act (TMWA), and thus violates the Texas Constitution, as affirmed by Justice Patricia O. Alvarez, Fourth Court of Appeals. Sitting Fourth Court of Appeals Justices: Justice Patricia O. Alvarez Justice Irene Rios Justice...
March 5, 2021
February 18, 2021 Dear TRA-San Antonio Chapter Members, On Thursday, February 18th, City Council approved the proposed Hospitality Grants Program. Below you will find some key points of the program and the proposed grant eligibility criteria: Budget of $14 million for the program City of San Antonio will partner with LiftFund to administer the program Grant Eligibility Criteria Defined as small business based on SBA guidelines Annual gross business revenue of less than $8 million Demonstrate...
February 19, 2021
February 19, 2021, 1:15pm Dear Texas Restaurant Association (TRA)- San Antonio (SA) Chapter Board & Members, Today, your TRA Team has been in touch with San Antonio Water System (SAWS), Governor Abbott’s office and the City of San Antonio’s Metro Health District with regards to the Boil Water Notice. We hope to have some additional information for you soon. Please stay tuned. Until then, please follow the message from SAWS: “For restaurants, water boil notice is mandatory. If they use...
February 1, 2021
January 27, 2021 New grant from charitable arm of Olive Garden parent company will help increase access to food in communities of color As part of the company's ongoing efforts to fight hunger, Darden Restaurants has partnered with Feeding America® to enhance mobile food pantry programs in areas with higher levels of food insecurity, including communities of color. Through a $500,000 grant from the Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation and additional support from Darden’s partners, Penske Truck...
January 14, 2021
January 1, 2021 Greetings & Happy New Year TRA | San Antonio Chapter Board & Members! I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for entrusting me with the leadership of our local organization and re-introduce myself to those that I have not seen in a while or had the chance to speak with at length. Having grown up in San Antonio I have been witness to the exciting growth and development the city has had, including and especially, our industry. My first restaurant job was at the first...
October 12, 2020
Restaurants who received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans under $50,000 can now access a new forgiveness application designed to simplify the forgiveness and loan review process. This “streamlined” PPP forgiveness form does not require businesses to show the calculations used to determine their loan forgiveness amount. However, SBA may request information and documents to review those calculations as part of its loan review process. This is not “automatic PPP loan forgiveness,” as...
September 18, 2020
The budget for fiscal year 2021 was approved today, Thursday, September 18, 2020, by San Antonio City Council. The 2021 budget allows waiving the assessment of any late fees for unpaid balances on Food Licensing Permit accounts for fiscal year 2020 and any future late fees incurred in fiscal year 2021 (October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021). *There is no change to Annual Permit Fees. Food establishments are required to pay the annual permit fee prior to receiving an annual permit. For more...
July 29, 2020
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July 20, 2020
The San Antonio Restaurant Association (SARA), a Chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association, and the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB) thank U.S. Senator John Cornyn (Texas) and his colleague, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (Connecticut), for introducing the “State Emergency Restaurant & Vendor Enhancement and COVID-19 Anti-Hunger Restaurant Relief For You” Act (S. 4601), known as the “SERVE & CARRY Act.” Restaurants and food banks know the power of providing a nutritious meal to a family, and...
June 18, 2020
Bexar County Executive Order NW-10 Latest Update: June 18, 2020 Dear Members, Below, I have attached the “new version” of the Texas Restaurant Promise to include face coverings in order to comply with Judge Wolff’s Executive Order from yesterday. Please note that this Executive Order goes into effect on Monday, June 22, 2020, and is requiring that all businesses place the “face covering” policy at the front entrance (Executive Order attached). Judge Wolff has approved of the Texas Restaurant...
September 28, 2018
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May 4, 2018
The hospitality industry, which includes restaurants and catering, has much to gain from convention and tourism business.  Recently, the San Antonio Restaurant Association joined others in the local business community by signing a letter directed to the mayor and city council urging them to bid on the 2020 Republican National Convention.  During the course of the conversation surrounding the RNC bid, disparaging remarks were directed at hospitality industry workers. “We are a city that shines...