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Preview Houston Chronicle: Houston restaurant community helps feed itself

With thousands of area bar and restaurant workers unemployed, the hospitality industry has been busy working to feed those who feed Houston.

Over the weekend Riel restaurant switched gears, turning itself into a drive-up spot for free take-away dinners for Houston restaurant workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s heartbreaking what’s going on,” said Riel chef/owner Ryan Lachaine. “The majority of them lost their jobs overnight. Things need to get done right now. Folks are in trouble now. We need to step up today and do something.”

On Saturday the Montrose restaurant launched the Houston arm of the Restaurant Workers Relief Program, a partnership between the Lee Initiative and Maker’s Mark to feed restaurant workers in need. Lee, based in Lexington, Ky., established the program in cities including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans and Washington, DC. Read More.