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PREPPING FOR COVID-19 To reduce the spread of the coronavirus, Katy ISD has acquired many supplies for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.

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in-person or virtual education for the 2020-21 school year. Kimm said her daughter going into fth grade easily adjusted to online learning, but her other daughter going

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Katy ISD parent Kathleen Kimm said she has had a dicult time choosing whether to enroll her two daughters at Winborn Elementary School for

Addiction, depression, anxiety rise inKaty area during COVID19 BY NOLA Z. VALENTE

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The coronavirus and the economic crisis in the U.S. have disrupted all age groups and areas of life, and mental health experts in the Katy area have seen an increase in anxiety, depression and substance use. “COVID-19 has aected everyone’s mental health and made it especially dicult for those suering with a CONTINUED ON 22

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4 Yaya’s Po-boys opened in June at 2212 Katy Flewellen Road, Katy. The restaurant has a menu of po’boy sand- wiches filled with smoked sausage, cat- fish, fried shrimp or roast beef with gravy. Other menu items include specialty hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken strips, apple pie and bread pudding. 832-437-0970. www.yayaspoboys.com 5 Mingo’s Latin Kitchen & Catering opened its first brick-and-mortar restau- rant July 1 at 21945 Katy Freeway, Ste. C, Katy. Mingo’s has operated food trucks with Latin-inspired dishes since 2015 in the Greater Houston area. The menu includes empanadas, ceviche and tacos as well as entrees such as chicken fried rice, seafood and masa gnocchi, Havana sandwiches and roasted corn risotto. 832- 437-6179. www.mingoslatinkitchen.com 6 Marta Cuban Bakery opened in late May at 2413 N. Fry Road, Katy. The business not only serves a pastry menu with tartlets, macarons and cakes, but it also serves sandwiches, specialty drinks and sides including meat-filled potatoes, croquettes, and tostadas. Cuban bread is baked each morning. 281-717-4286. www.facebook.com/pages/category/ Bakery/Marta-Cuban-Bakery- 108525874213834/ 7 YumCha held grand opening activi- ties July 11 in Katy Asian Town at 23119 Colonial Parkway, Ste. C5, Katy. The tea shop offers a menu with creations such as brown sugar milk tea, Thai tea, Cheese Jasmine Tippy Tea, Grapefruit Overflow and Lemon Punch. It also serves made- to-order pastries. 281-665-3558. www.yumchausa.com

8 AT@Donuts held a grand opening Aug. 6 at 19560 Clay Road, Ste. C, Katy. The business sells doughnuts, kolaches and breakfast sandwiches made with croissants as well as coffee. 832-427-1586. www.facebook.com/atdonuts 9 Smile Bright Dental Studio opened at 6300 FM 1463, Ste.150, Fulshear, in March but temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The practice reopened May 11 with safety protocols in place for patients and staff. Smile Bright services adults and children. Treatment options include cleanings, fillings, whit- enings, orthodontics and dental bonding. Additionally, Smile Bright’s dentist, Dr. Nkechi Nwagu, offers emergency service options on Saturdays. 281-852-9883. www.smilebrightdentalstudio.com 10 HTX Sports & Spine opened July 20 at 522 S. Mason Road, Ste. 400, Katy. Owned and operated by Chris Verheul, the practice offers sports rehabilitation, soft tissue and chiropractic services. Some conditions treated include arthritic pain, tendonitis and rotator cuff injuries. 281-347-8555. www.htxsportsandspine.com COMING SOON 11 Dogwood Lane Goods plans to open at 8503 FM 359, Fulshear, in late summer, owner Jen Hagemann said. The bou- tique sells Southern-inspired furniture, decor and gifts such as pillows, candles, earrings and handbags. Hagemann will offer sweet tea and coffee for guests to relax in her store. 214-533-0899. www.facebook.com/Dogwood-Lane- Goods-111996113707183/

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NOWOPEN 1 Cinco de Mayo Mexican Restaurant & Bar opened July 12 at 1922 Greenhouse Road, Houston. The eatery serves a menu of authentic Mexican food and Tex-Mex items with dishes such as enchiladas, burritos, tacos, tamales and fajitas. The restaurant also offers seafood menu options and margaritas. 281-394-9913. www.cincodemayohouston.com 2 Shabu Town held a grand opening June 18 at 935 S. Mason Road, Katy. The restaurant serves Japanese-style hot-pot

all-you-can eat buffet. Guests choose a broth and meat, and the restaurant also offers seafood and vegetable options. 281-717-4857. www.shabutown.com 3 5 O’clock Spot Grille opened July 13 at 22635 Morton Ranch Road, Ste. 150, Katy. The restaurant’s food menu includes pasta, burgers, salads and soups as well as entrees including fish tacos, chicken-fried steak and fried pork chop. The bar menu includes margaritas, black- berry mules and mangonadas. 346-307-7944. www.facebook.com/ 5-oclock-spot-grille-113599516848534/

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12 Willie Mae’s Soul Food Cafe and Mu- sic Lounge will open in the Katy area in 2021, said Ryan Muccular, the co-found- er and owner of That’s My Dog, which she runs alongside her husband, Kevin Muccular. The eatery will be located next to their hot dog restaurant located at 22635 Morton Ranch Road, Katy, and will specialize in soul food, including fried chicken as well as macaroni and cheese. No website has been created as of press time. 830-274-7538. RELOCATIONS 13 Kelsey-Seybold Clinic relocated to a larger location at 2510 W. Grand Parkway N., Katy, from 23000 Highland Knolls Drive, Katy, according to a press release. Kelsey-Seybold Clinic-West Grand Park- way began accepting patients June 29 and held a grand opening with the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce July 27. The new, freestanding clinic is two stories and offers medical and diagnostic services, an on-site laboratory and a pharmacy. Specialties include cardiology, dermatol- ogy and gastroenterology in addition to pediatrics, internal medicine and family 14 In July, American Legion Post 164 relocated to a new, 5,000-square-foot space at the West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department, 22125 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, according to a July 24 press release. The legion was previously located at The Elks Lodge at 1050 Katy Fort Bend Road, Katy. The post supports veterans and service members and promotes youth leadership and mentorship opportunities in the medicine. 713-442-4222. www.kelsey-seybold.com

Katy community. During the coronavirus pandemic, the organization continues to meet monthly and provide burials, honors services and flag retirements. 281-615-3320. www.legionpost164katytx.org EXPANSIONS 15 Katy Funeral Home at 23350 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, completed an expansion in mid-July, Managing Director Sherry Ahart-Davies said in an email. The 10,000-square-foot expansion included adding a new west chapel, offices, stor- age and a state room. Additionally, Katy Funeral Home renovated its event room with double kitchens, restrooms and a selection room. Construction took about 10 months. The business opened in 2013 and is part of the Dignity Memorial net- work of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. 281-395-7070. www.dignitymemorial.com/ funeral-homes/katy-tx/katy-funeral- home/3070 ANNIVERSARIES 16 The Arc of Katy at 5819 10th St., Ste. C, Katy, celebrated its 30th anniversary Aug. 3 with a virtual event and car parade. The nonprofit provides social, recreation- al and community service programs for individuals with intellectual and develop- mental disabilities. 832-754-9802.

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FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN American Furniture Warehouse opened Aug. 1 at 500 Pin Oak Road, Katy. The business is expected to bring about 400 jobs to the Katy area and additional sales tax revenue for the city of Katy, Council Member Janet Corte said. “American Furniture Warehouse is going to be a huge boost to our economy,” Corte said. “They will be great community partners. ... AFW already partnered with a buyers group this year to purchase the grand champion steer at the KISD FFA Livestock Auction.” Since 1975, American Furniture Warehouse has oered traditional, contemporary and modern furniture to customers. 281-505-6400. www.afw.com

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from a Level IV trauma center to a Level III trauma center, according to an Aug. 3 press release. There are four levels of trauma centers—with Level I centers providing the most comprehensive care. As a Level III trauma center, Memorial Hermann Katy provides care to patients requiring stabi- lization before transferring to a Level I or Level II center. 281-644-7000. www.memorialhermann.org/locations/ katy/Renovations 18 Fulshear Katy Area Chamber of Commerce temporarily closed its office at 29818 FM 1093, Ste. 108, Fulshear, in mid-July after water was found under the wood floor from a leak in the building’s restrooms, chamber President Don McCoy said. The office will reopen in mid-August with new flooring, dry walls and paint. Services have not been suspended during the office closure. Also in mid-July, the chamber unveiled a new local business search engine called TriCountySearch.com that allows anyone to search for a Katy or Fulshear business within about 20 miles of the chamber’s office. 832-600-3221. www.fulshearkaty.com

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES TxDOT proposes plans for expandingHwy. 90 from two to four lanes betweenKaty andBrookshire

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ONGOINGPROJECT Texas Heritage Parkway construction Crews started on the pedestrian tunnels as well as excavation and embankment work for Texas Heritage Parkway, a new four-lane road with a median between I-10 and McKinnon

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two lanes for each direction and adding a median, lanes for bikes and pedestrians, and dedicated turn lanes at intersections. Drainage improve- ments are also proposed. However, there are two choices TxDOT can pursue for these improvements. The rst alternative proposes creating a 12-foot bikeway on the north side of the road and a 6-foot sidewalk on the south side. This would widen the right of way to 120 feet and create no displacements. The second alternative proposes cre- ating two 10-foot shared-use paths on both sides of the highway. This would widen the right of way to 135 feet and create three business displacements. Meanwhile, within the city of Brook- shire, Hwy. 90 between Bains and Kenney streets is an existing four-lane

roadway with two lanes in both directions as well as shoulder parking and sidewalks on the south side. TxDOT proposes adding a center turn lane and a shared-use path for cyclists and pedestrians on the north side of the road. The south side park- ing and sidewalks would remain. The public was encouraged to submit feedback about the project until Aug. 12. TxDOT will review the feedback, create a summary and publish it online. The department will then rene the schematics with additional environmental evaluations before presenting a recommended alternative for the public to review again. Then, the project must be approved, funding must be secured and the right of way must be acquired before construction can begin.

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UPCOMING PROJECT New trac signal A new trac signal located at the intersection of South Mason Road and Canyon Gate Boulevard will be con- structed and activated in 2021, Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers announced. Design work will begin soon, but construction may be delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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DEVELOPMENT KatyDowntownPlaza awards bids for key outdoor features

PLAZA DESIGN The Katy Downtown Plaza will include several indoor and outdoor community spaces when complete.

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The total project cost is estimated to be $5 million, paid for via 2016 civic center bonds, hotel occupancy tax funds and insurance money from Hurricane Harvey, said Kayce Reina, the city of Katy’s director of tourism, marketing and public relations, in a Discussions about the plaza began in the 2000s, but rain events delayed the project, city leaders previously told Community Impact Newspaper . Reina replied at the meeting that the city was able to save construction costs by building the civic center and visitors center at the same time, but this decision delayed the project. “The completion date actually was supposed to be sooner,” Reina said. “And then, of course, we’ve had Harvey and lots of other things that [have] delayed projects across the board—and then, now, COVID[-19].” Remaining components of the plaza include constructing the out- door museum, entertainment stage and public restrooms, Reina said in the email. July 23 email. Project delays The city does not have a timeline for these features because of the unknown nancial impact of the coronavirus, she said. “The city of Katy is focused on con- tinuing to provide excellent service to our residents while prioritizing planned projects. ... Our goal is to complete the plaza with all of these components as soon as we can,” she wrote in the email.

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At a July 20 special meeting, Katy City Council voted unanimously to award ve construction bids related to hardscape, landscape and electri- cal features at the Katy Downtown Plaza, located between Avenue B and Avenue C. Construction on these projects is expected to be completed by Oct. 1. For $123,162, Mobil Contractors will complete the civic center by installing sidewalk connections, a shade structure and outdoor electrical components, according to agenda documentation. When these activities are complete, the city will be able to rent out the plaza, which seats about 125 people. For $40,738, Earth First will landscape the plaza by planting elm trees, installing mulch and oversee- ing the irrigation system, according to agenda documentation. The awarded bids also included funds for relocating a power pole, building a drinking fountain and installing temporary fencing around the water tower to prohibit public access until the outdoor museum is built. These three bids totaled about $21,239. All ve bids will be paid for with bonds approved in 2016, per agenda documentation. So far, the city has spent about $850,000 from hotel occupancy funds and about $1.2 million in 2016 civic center bond funds, City Administrator Byron Hebert said at the meeting.

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4 Renovated Harvest Plaza The Harvest Plaza will be renovated to integrate with the new design. Timeline: TBD 5 Outdoor museum An outdoor museum will be created near the water tower. Timeline: TBD 6 Amphitheater An outdoor stage will be constructed. Timeline: TBD

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Katy ISD

COMPILED BY JEN PARA

Katy ISDproposes lower tax rate Katy ISD administration has recommended a 2020-21 property tax rate that is slightly lower than the previous year. Bill 3—the state Legislature’s school nance reform bill—during the 86th legislative session in 2019, KISD Chief Financial Ocer Christopher J. Smith said in a budget presentation at the July 27 meeting.

RATES AHISTORY OF

Maintenance and operations rate

Total tax rate per $100 valuation

Interest and sinking rate

For the second year in a row, Katy ISD may decrease its property tax rate.

Tax rate per $100 valuation Tax year

For the 2020-21 school year, district administration recommended a total property tax rate of $1.4166 per $100 valuation at the July 27 regular meet- ing of the KISD board of trustees. This proposed rate consists of a maintenance and operations tax rate at $1.0266 per $100 valuation and an interest and sinking rate at $0.39 per $100 valuation. This is a decrease from the 2019-20 adopted tax rate of $1.4432. The 2018- 19 property tax rate was $1.5166. The property tax rates are decreas- ing because of the passage of House

$1.5166

2016-17 adopted

$1.1266

$0.39

The KISD 2020-21 projected budget and tax rate were created based on a 5.1.% increase of student enrollment to 87,033, a 5.44% increase of taxable values to $44.1 billion and two new campuses, he said. KISD has also budgeted for a 1% salary increase for sta along with a 1% lump sum payment in December. In total, KISD’s 2020-21 general fund revenue will total $838.9 mil- lion, of which local funding accounts for 53.2%.

$1.5166

2017-18 adopted

$1.1466

$0.37

2018-19 adopted

$1.5166

$1.1466

$0.37

2019-20 adopted

$1.4431

$1.0531

$0.39

2020-21 proposed

$1.4166

$1.0266 $0.39

SOURCE: KATY ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

KISDdiscusses boundary changes for Junior HighNo. 17 Katy ISD has begun planning for boundary modications for the 2021- 22 school year with the opening of Junior High No. 17 in fall 2021. KISD Chief Operations Ocer Ted Vierling and demographer Kris Pool from Population and Survey Analysts presented the recommendations for adjusting boundaries to accom- modate the new junior high school, located at 25737 Clay Road, Katy, at the July 27 regular board of trustees meeting. Under the recommended boundary changes, Junior High No. 17 would

PROPOSED BOUNDARYMODIFICATIONS

Katy ISD meets the fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. The next meeting is Aug. 24. Board Room, Education Support Complex, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy 281-396-6000 • www.katyisd.org MEETINGSWE COVER provide relief at Katy and Stockdick junior high schools, which are projected to be overcapacity by 2021. “It allows, I think, for a good balance over the next four to ve years,” Pool said. Parents and other stakeholders are able to complete a district survey regarding the proposed changes through Oct. 13. The board is expected to vote on the boundary changes at its October meeting.

Katy ISD is adjusting boundaries for a new junior high school opening in fall 2021. Proposed boundary modication

Proposed new school boundary

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KATY

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CITY& COUNTY

COMPILED BY JEN PARA

News from Katy & Fulshear

Katy City Council meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is Aug. 24. Katy City Hall, 910 Ave. C, Katy 281-391-4800 • www.cityoaty.com Fulshear City Council meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The next meeting is Aug. 25. Irene Stern Community Center, 6920 Katy Fulshear Road, Fulshear 281-346-1796 www.fulsheartexas.gov Harris County Commissioners Court usually meets Tuesday mornings twice a month. The next meeting is 10 a.m. on Aug. 25. 1001 Preston Ave., Ste. 934, Houston 713-755-5000 www.harriscountytx.gov Fort Bend County Commissioners Court meets 1 p.m. the rst, second, and fourth Tuesdays of the month. MEETINGSWE COVER COMMISSIONERS EXTEND EMERGENCY DECLARATION, PASS ITEM AGAINST HATE CRIMES FORT BEND COUNTY • Two agenda items related to the coronavirus pandemic were passed by the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court at its regular July 28 meeting. • The rst, which passed in a 3-2 vote, extended the county’s declaration of local disaster for public health emergency through 11:59 p.m. Aug. 31. • The second item approved, which also passed in a 3-2 vote, was a resolution condemning COVID-19 hate acts against minorities. The next meeting is Aug. 25. 401 Jackson St., Richmond 281-342-3411 www.fortbendcountytx.com

Fulshear City Council makes changes to park plan

FULSHEAR At the July 21 regular meeting, Fulshear City Council approved changes to the parks and pathways master plan. City sta emphasized these plans do not mean the parks will be built now or in the immediate future; the plans are meant as guidelines and a starting point for the city to work with developers and begin budgeting for various recreational spaces. Some of the changes made to the parks plan—rst approved in 2019— included updating Primrose Park’s layout due to additional acreage acquired by the city. The changes also included a new park called Bessie’s Creek Park based on tentative plans by Trendmaker Homes to develop property near the creek, west of the Polo Ranch development and north of FM 1093. If Bessie’s Creek Park is pursued, it

would serve as a nature preservation space with trails, play areas, a shing dock and prairie restoration space. The plans also made changes to the proposed Paseo Park, located within the median of FM 1093. Now known as Fulshear Heritage Rail Trail, the park would be designed to highlight

Fulshear’s history with the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway. Additionally, based on feedback from the city, the park plan’s con- sultant redesigned a proposed trail system to get people away from streets and into nature. Previously, the trail ran along existing roadway.

Existing 1 Irene Stern Park 2 Frances Smart Park 3 Primrose Park Proposed 4 Bessie's Creek Park 5 Fulshear Heritage Trail

FULSHEAR’S PARKS The city of Fulshear has three existing parks but is planning for at least two more. Note: Locations are approximate.

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Katy City Council selects new trash services provider KATY At the special July 20 meeting, Katy City Council voted to award the 2020 solid waste collec- tion and recycling proposal to Texas Pride. Under Texas Pride’s proposed contract, the new residential monthly fee will be $13.15. Under the city’s existing contract with Republic Services, the residential monthly fee is $17.87. This contract expires Aug. 31. Council members noted several reasons why they preferred Texas Pride’s proposal over Republic Services’ proposal: the price, the type of trucks used, the number of times the truck would need to pass a street for collection and glass recycling.

COLLECTION CHANGES Katy City Council approved Texas Pride out of six other proposals for the city’s new garbage and recycling services contract. SOURCE: CITY OF KATYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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PEOPLE TimJecoat Small Business Association, Houston district director Millions of businesses have faced challenges since the COVID-19 crisis began this spring. In response, the U.S. Small Business Administration implemented the Paycheck Protection Program, a provision included by the federal govern- ment in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act this March. The PPP was designed to help keep America’s workforce employed during the pandemic. Tim Jecoat, the district director of the SBA in Houston, said the program has been successful in retaining Houston-area jobs. In the Katy area, businesses that received PPP loans reported 41,567 local jobs were retained. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

BY DANICA LLOYD

PPP LOANS ATWORK

More than 5million loans totaling $521.4billion have been dispersed to businesses across the nation.

At least $41 billion of that funding went to more than 400,000Texas organizations.

$521.4B

$41B

As of July 31, there was less than $130billion left in the original $660billion program .

HOWMANY LOANS ARE APPROVED FOR EACHAPPLI CATION SENT THROUGH? With Congress’ instruction through the CARES Act, we essen- tially created a program so that virtually any business that ts the criteria could be approved for PPP. You had to have payroll, you had to not be a felon and then a couple of other circumstances. But other than that, virtually everyone was able to be approved. I would assume that the pass-through rate of applica- tions for loans was extremely high, and that is still the case. WHAT FEEDBACKHAVE YOU HEARDABOUT APPLYING? In the beginning, there were some issues [because] there was an absolute avalanche of demand for this loan. … So in the beginning, the biggest issues was, “They’re not talking to me; they’re busy talking to their existing customers.” All that is understandable, but that got cleared out in the rst few weeks when some of the demand was met. Now [lenders are] focused on getting those paid for or getting

envisioned that, ‘Hey, we’re going to give everybody two months’ worth of payroll to get through this thing, and then we’re all going to be ne.’ WHAT TRENDS DO YOU SEE IN DIFFERENT JOB SECTORS? We worry a lot about peo- ple-dense businesses—restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, hotels, athletic clubs. Those are some of the worst hit in the area. … But we have great examples right here in the Houston area of businesses that are nding ways to not only survive but adapt. What we worry about is the business that says, ‘I have a restaurant with 20 tables; I have a kitchen, but if I don’t have people to put at those tables. I can’t be open.’ Yes, you absolutely can be open. There’s 100 dierent ways those meals can leave your kitchen and get into people’s hands and have them put money in your pocket.

them o of their balance sheets and helping their clients achieve maximum forgiveness. IS THERE CONCERNABOUT FUNDING RUNNING OUT? I think it goes a little bit deeper than that. This sounds silly, but money is just money. Once you get some money in your hands, you can pay a few bills, et cetera, but you still have a business. You still have customers that are doing business with you. You still have a very contagious virus. What do you do? I think that is really the thing today that is particularly relevant. We’re hearing a lot from businesses it’s not just how you pivot. HOWWOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE IMPACT OF THE LOANS? PPP has been awfully important in the whole nation, not just in my district, and it has made a signi- cant dierence. It’s not enough for many businesses. Nobody knew when the CARES Act passed that [the coronavirus pandemic] was going to be something that went on for potentially a year or more. It was

$130B

LOAN FORGIVENESS PPP loans can be forgiven if the employer meets certain requirements:

At least 60% of the funds must be used for payroll costs.

The remaining funds can be spent on mortgage interest, rent and utilities.

The employer must maintain or quickly rehire employees.

The employer must maintain salary and wage levels.

Learn more about resources and educational webinars available through SBA Houston at www.sba.gov/ oces/district/tx/houston.

SOURCE: U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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DINING FEATURE

Three dishes to try at El Kourmet

Patacon ($8.99-$9.49) is like a burger with fried plantain, ham and cheese.

“If we are living outside our country, for any reason, we want to give a good impression and share our lively culture and delicious food.” Jose Vielma, co-owner of El Kourmet

Triple Kourmet ($12.99) Combine three: beef, chicken and/or smoked pork chop.

El Kourmet 3939 N. Fry Road, Ste. C, Katy 281-829-7740 www.elkourmet.com Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Kourmet Burger ($8.49) Beef patty, chicken breast or smoked pork chop

Co-owner Jose Vielma runs the business with his family.

PHOTOS COURTESY JOSE VIELMA

El Kourmet Venezuelan family opens rst U.S. restaurant location in Katy area T he Vielma family migrated their restaurant, rst estab- lished in their home city of Mérida, Venezuela, to the Katy area in 2015.

BY NOLA Z. VALENTE

opened at 3939 N. Fry Road, Katy, and the second is at 25757 Westheimer Parkway, Katy. Vielma said the most popular dishes at El Kourmet are the burgers; the arepa; and the patacon, which is similar to the burger, except the buns are replaced with green or yellow fried plantains. “Venezuelan food is diverse in its inuences and avors,” Vielma said. “It’s very tasty and tropical.” Vielma has known his passion for restaurants since he was a child, he said. Vielma saw a few family friends own their food businesses, and he also learned a lot from watching his parents cook. Since COVID-19 hit the Greater Houston area in early March, El

Kourmet has continued to operate cautiously, but the pandemic has kept the family from nding a good spot for the food truck, which was outside the Westheimer location before the pandemic. As of July 23, El Kourmet has two brick-and-mortar locations in the Katy area. Vielma said he is opening a third location in Midtown in Houston within the next month and plans to nd a fresh location for the original food truck as a fourth location. “I want the world to see that our people are honest, hardworking, educated and ultimately to enjoy the beautiful culture of Venezuela through the culinary arts,” Vielma said.

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25757 Westheimer Parkway, Ste. 100, Katy 346-257-4980 www.elkourmet.com Hours: Mon.-Thu. 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

“Despite the negative stories we hear about Venezuela due to the political climate, Venezuela is a beautiful country,” co-owner Jose Vielma said in Spanish. “If we are living outside our country, for any reason, we want to give a good impression and share our lively culture and delicious food.” Vielma and his wife, Maria Quin- tero, co-own El Kourmet, and two of their three children, a 16-year-old and a 19-year-old, help run the family business. The rst location of El Kourmet

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