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A Mexican restaurant in Houston says it’s been getting some “horrific” threats after announcing it was keeping its mask requirement as Texas reopens.

Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order lifting the statewide mask mandate and allowing businesses and facilities to operate at 100% capacity. The rollbacks go into effect March 10.

After Picos announced it would still require masks for diners, co-owner Monica Richards said she started receiving some disturbing messages and calls from people threatening to report the Picos staff to Immigration and Customs and Enforcement, The Houston Chronicle reported.

They also said the staff’s

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ALBANY – Joe Abbruzzese and Jim Rua said they’re tired of the gunshots, watching hand-to-hand drug deals and having customers tell them they don’t feel safe outside at their restaurants at night.

They’ve built restaurants and reputations that have become cornerstones in the Mansion neighborhood. When Gov. Kathy Hochul was sworn in last month, she celebrated with dinner at Rua’s Café Capriccio on Grand Street.

The area that includes the two restaurants, Abbruzzese’s Hill Street Café and Rua’s Café Capriccio, sits just a few hundred feet from the governor’s mansion and the Empire State Plaza, with easy access to highways

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Johann Schuster, former executive chef and owner of Midtown restuarant Charivari, which closed in 2018 despite a fair share of fans for his scratch-made, Romanian cuisine, is back. At the time of Charivari’s closing, Schuster was also one of only a handful of chefs who were proponents of concepts such as in-house, whole-animal butchery and reducing food waste by using every part of the animal.

Upon closing Charivari, Schuster thought his next move was to open a new restaurant with a smaller and more financially manageable footprint. Those plans fell through. “I had the location and everything,” he said.

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Rita Moreno Documentary, LA FRONTERA, & More To Premiere on PBS for Hispanic Heritage Month

To celebrate Latino heritage and culture this September and October, PBS will offer a special lineup of new and encore programs in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, including the broadcast of The 34th Hispanic Heritage Awards.

Premieres include an AMERICAN MASTERS biography of the legendary Rita Moreno, new documentaries from POV and VOCES, and a selection of favorite soprano arias from GREAT PERFORMANCES at the Met. Acclaimed chef Pati Jinich takes viewers on a cultural and culinary tour of the U.S.-Mexico border in La Frontera, and this year’s annual HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS will once again shine a spotlight on the

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WASHINGTON — President Biden on Monday had his first known sit-down visit to a DC restaurant since becoming president — joined by Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses after a Memorial Day event at Arlington National Cemetery.

The unscheduled stop caught diners off guard at the popular French restaurant Le Diplomate, where first lady Jill Biden met with friends for boozy mid-week lunches while her husband was vice president.

In honor of Jill Biden, the restaurant this year had lobster risotto, her favorite dish, as a menu special to celebrate her return to DC.

During his four years in

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  • A restaurant consultant told The AP she had to hire people with bad attitudes to fill roles.
  • But rude staff members scared away customers, the consultant said.
  • US restaurants are going to extreme lengths to fill vacancies amid a hospitality-worker shortage.

A restaurant manager in northern Virginia was so desperate for staff that she said she had to employ rude people who scared off customers, The Associated Press reported on Thursday.

It’s one of the latest example of US employers having to rethink their recruitment requirements amid a nationwide shortage in hospitality workers.

In response, many

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