‘We’re a huge part of the recovery,’ says San Antonio bar owner pushing for coronavirus relief
SAN ANTONIO – Jody Newman is the owner of The Friendly Spot in Southtown. We at the friendly spot, we did it for over four and a half months. Bexar County Commissioners Court to hear details on plan to help bars reopenNewman has been an active voice for the Texas Bar and Restaurant Association. Catch KSAT Q&A live at 6:30 p.m. and on the Nightbeat. Related: ‘This is not what we want’: Bar owners react to Bexar County Judge’s decision to reopen bars
Second Friendly Spot location moving forward
SAN ANTONIO Editors note: This story was published through a partnership between the San Antonio Business Journal and KSAT. The Business Journal reached out to co-owner Steven Newman, but did not hear back by time of publication. The Business Journal first reported on the owners of the original Southtown location and their plans for a second location in 2018. No other details were revealed about the second location, other than that the couple was looked at around 70 to 80 other properties on the South Side. Read more restaurant business news at the San Antonio Business Journal.
Southtown bar closed temporarily after individual threatens to spread COVID-19
SAN ANTONIO A Southtown bar was forced to close temporarily after management was notified of threats on social media of a COVID-19-positive persons plans to spread the virus. We have received word from a few friends about an unconfirmed report of a Covid positive person posting on social media about heading to The Friendly Spot. It appeared to have be created by a man who visited the bar and restaurant before, Newman said of the Snapchat user in question. They gave the last call to the customers that were at the bar and shut the gate to stop any new customers from coming. Newman said a vigorous cleaning process followed, and the bar lost about eight hours of business.
San Antonio bar owners worry many bars wont survive the shutdown, believe theres a way to open safely now
SAN ANTONIO Two San Antonio bar owners estimate that nearly a third of local bars and nightclubs will never reopen, even when the restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted. Shes optimistic that her business will survive, but says she knows many other bar owners are not as fortunate. Were seeing small businesses going into a record amount of debt trying to stay open.Bars in San Antonio were forced to close when San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued an emergency declaration on March 18. He said his 30% estimate on bar closures could be worse if bars cannot reopen for another month or two. We have submitted a plan to the governor through the Texas Restaurant Association called The Texas Bar Promise and a safety plan through the Texas Bar and Nightclub Alliance.
Texas bars will Turn up the Lights Friday night in solidarity
SAN ANTONIO Some San Antonio bars will turn on their lights on Friday night but they wont be for customers. Theyre participating in an initiative by the Texas Bar and Nightclub Alliance called Turn up the Lights" which encourages bar owners and employees to turn on their lights and music from 6 to 10 p.m. to show community members that theyre still there and are eager to reopen. "We just really look forward to safely serving our friends again like we have the past 10 years.Martindale and Newman spoke to Steve Spriester Thursday about a statewide plan to open bars safely. Until the crisis is over, KSAT News is stepping in to try and separate the facts from the fiction surrounding the new coronavirus. Facts can fight fear, and in times like this KSAT wants to do more, because you should expect it.