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Houston Texans Donate $50K to Southern Smoke Foundation’s Service Industry Relief Fund

Also: Astros pitcher Lance McCullers highlights local eateries, and more Houston dining intel

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The Houston Texans showed up for their city’s service industry pros
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Texans make $50,000 donation to Southern Smoke Foundation

On Sunday, the Houston Texans announced a $50,000 donation to Houston’s own Southern Smoke Foundation in an effort to “support Houston area restaurants and service industry workers impacted by COVID-19.” The Southern Smoke Foundation is currently accepting donations from restaurant workers and owners who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus, and has already begun disbursing funds to those in need.

Astros pitcher showcases local restaurants on Instagram

In an effort to get more people to support local restaurants, Astros pitcher Lance McCullers is using Instagram to show off the city’s finest eateries. Via his Instagram stories, McCullers chronicled visits to Riel, Local Foods, Benjy’s, and more locally owned establishments over the weekend. Check all the spots out in a highlight here.

Clark Cooper restaurants “consolidated” into Coppa Osteria

Amid the coronavirus crisis, Houston restaurant group Clark Cooper Concepts has closed Brasserie 19, The Dunlavy, and Punk’s Simple Southern Food temporarily. Fortunately for fans of those restaurants, they’ve been “consolidated” into Coppa Osteria (5201 Morningside Drive), and a limited menu from each spot will be available for pickup starting on March 23.