HOUSTON, Texas -- Backstreet Cafe is a Houston classic.
First opened 35 years ago in the Houston Heights, Backstreet Cafe is where James Beard award winner Hugo Ortega launched his career.
First hired as a dishwasher, Ortega eventually became a chef and married Backstreet Cafe owner Tracy Vaught.
Today, Backstreet Cafe is one of four restaurants run by the husband-wife team and their H-Town Restaurant Group. But COVID-19 has presented unprecedented challenges for the restaurant industry.
H-Town Restaurant Group has chosen to reopen some, but not all of its iconic restaurants. It is also advocating for better solutions for PPP, the Payroll Protection Program.
Houston restaurant advocating for better solutions to keep staff on payroll during COVID-19 pandemic
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