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The Texas Restaurant Association says they are facing a 'perfect storm' of challenges as we get close to the holiday season.

KXAN-TV in Austin says Texas restaurants have seen "drastic food cost increases, labor shortages and canceled plans stemming from the delta variant."

According to a report from KXAN:

The association explained 75% of Texas restaurants say their business is less profitable now than it was three months ago. Officials did give some good news: as COVID-19 numbers decline, the holiday season can be a time to bounce back.

“The holiday season is approaching,” said Dr. Emily Williams Kight, president and CEO of the TRA. “This is a critical season — in even a good year — for most restaurants. The number one message to the public today is to please, please dine out. Please buy a gift card from a restaurant.”

KXAN also reports there is a $180 million pandemic related hospitality grant available for businesses like restaurants that is still waiting for the governor's signature.

I like to dine out quite a bit. Mainly because I'm not a good cook. Or maybe it's because I'm lazy and I don't like to cook. So, you're likely to see me helping our fine restaurants here in San Angelo.

So, with the holidays coming do you plan to eat out more here in San Angelo? Where are some of the places that you like to frequent? Do you plan to tip more as well? Will you buy gift cards to help your favorite restaurants? Let us know on Facebook or on our station app.

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