“Paycheque Protection” Kills Restaurants
The relief program passing through Congress this week may be better known for the number of restaurants it is bankrupting than for the money it has added to save them.
For the past six weeks, we’ve been on the phone with restaurateurs in towns and villages across Texas. One of us (Mr. Roy) represents the congressional district with the most restaurants per capita in the state, employing over 50,000 Texans. The other (Ms Knight) runs a business organization for the once thriving Texas restaurant industry, which as of Jan. 1 represented 50,000 restaurants, 1.3 million employees and $ 70 billion in revenue. To say that restaurants have been devastated by government decisions to shut down their livelihoods does not do him justice.