Yelp donates $ 100,000 to Texas Small Businesses through Winterization Fund |  Yelp

Yelp donates $ 100,000 to Texas Small Businesses through Winterization Fund | Yelp

Today, Yelp is pleased to announce the recipients of its winter fund in Texas. In light of the extreme weather Texas experienced last winter and the impact it had on small businesses, the company launched its “Deck the Halls with Yelp” fund in December to help cover the cost of improvement projects needed for to prepare for future severe weather events.

Beneficiaries of the Winterization Fund include an iconic venue with live music, long-standing and relatively newer restaurants, a pet store and a women-owned hair salon, all nominated by the Yelp community.

“We will make the updates and upgrades we need to keep this train running. Significant electrical and heating upgrades, plumbing maintenance and cosmetic repairs are high on the list,” said Michelle Beebe, bar manager at Donn’s Depot. bars / live music venues in the first year of the pandemic, we were shut down and hung on to a thread waiting to open. A month before the opening hit the freezing point and caused extensive plumbing problems throughout this old building. It was another blow to the stomach in an already difficult year … but the show must go on! “

Yelp data showed an increased demand for local service professionals in Texas last winter, in many categories, including generator installation and repair (+ 30%), water heater installation and repair (+ 16%) and plumbing (+ 10%). Ten companies will each receive $ 10,000 to spend on winterizing their brick-and-mortar sites as part of the fund. *

“We’re always looking to support small businesses, especially when unprecedented situations arise like last year’s winter storm Uri,” said Katie Burbank, Yelp Senior Community Director, Austin. “The harsh weather combined with the persistent challenges of the pandemic have posed major challenges for local businesses. This winter fund is a way for us to help those businesses that are valued by the community with their immediate needs and preparations for the future.”

Yelp Winterization Fund Recipients:

  • Aviator Pizza & Drafthouse
    • The original Aviator Pizza & Drafthouse opened in Elgin in 2014 by owners John McElroy and Dr. Ana Lam-McElroy. They have since opened locations in Austin and Kyle, serving specialties, freshly made pizzas using their family’s 30-year history of making pizzas, along with a selection of Texas craft beers and wines.
  • Comfort cafe
    • San Antonio-based Comfort Cafe, which benefits addiction recovery programs, was named the # 1 Place to Eat in Texas earlier this year before being forced to close its Bandera location due to devastating floods. In a stroke of luck, the pay-what-you-can-eat restaurant was selected to receive support from Yelp’s “Make It Happen Day” in August, then randomly selected as the winner of the winterization fund, and looks forward to opening a new and improved location.
  • Crema Bakery & Cafe
  • Donns Depot
    • Donn’s Depot is a mainstay in Austin of live music, libations and dance and is uniquely decorated in a converted 19th century train depot. Owner Donn Adelman is an integral part of the music scene and has gathered generations of people and graced the piano at Donn’s Depot for more than 50 years. The honky-tonk faced potentially permanent closure in the midst of inevitable setbacks over the past two years, but persevered with the help of his loyal “tribe.”

Historical image of Donn’s Depot’s exterior, via Donn’s Depot

  • Foxhole Culinary Pub
    • Local Austin restaurateurs, brothers Trey and Ryan Wolslager, opened the Foxhole Culinary Tavern in 2014 with the goal of bringing the social atmosphere they enjoyed in downtown Austin, to the north side, along with Texas-inspired American dishes. Their mission is “to bring the community closer with great food and specialty drinks in a relaxed atmosphere.”
  • Kismet Cafe
    • Family-owned and operated, Kismet Cafe was established in 1991 and became a favorite among its University of Texas neighborhood and beyond. After 22 years, owner Rami Bataineh moved the cafe in the city in 2016, and patrons followed suit for their halal food from the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
  • Mint
    • While COVID-19 has certainly impacted the beauty industry, and the winter storm of 2021 caused Mint to close its doors for several days, the women-owned salon is celebrating its 22nd anniversary this year thanks to its talented staff and clientele who rely on Mint stylists’ dedication and artistry.
  • Paws on Chicon
    • Located in East Austin, Paws on Chicon is a pet store offering healthy food, treats, toys, supplies and services to Austin animal lovers. Owner Keith Zeiler aims to help traditionally underserved areas as well as support local pet rescues and shelters through food, supplies and money donations.

Paws on Chicon, via Yelp

  • Revival coffee
    • Owner Gabriela Bucio was a loyal patron of the original Revival Coffee and stepped up to give it new life when she heard that the beloved coffee shop was closing due to the pandemic. As a proud Latina immigrant, Bucio and her team are passionate about hiring local residents in a underserved and predominantly Latin community, which is showcased at the highly photo-worthy, mega-pink coffee shop.
  • Taste of Ethiopia
    • Taste of Ethiopia was founded by Woinee Mariam and her husband Solomon Hailu in Pflugerville in 2008, and the couple later opened elsewhere in Austin. Mariam aims to make guests feel at home with her traditional Ethiopian dishes, which are largely her own family recipes.

Taste of Ethiopia, Trey B. via Yelp

Have you visited one of these beloved Central Texas companies? Share with us on social @YelpAustin and @YelpSanAntonio on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok!

* See Deck the Halls with Yelp’s official rules here.

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