To Mask Or Not to Mask?

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In this issue, Austin copes with the end of Texas COVID-19 restrictions; a restaurant owner seeks investors; a coffeehouse calls for vendors. 

Texas Gov. Abbott lifted all business restrictions and removed all mask requirements in the state.
+ “Greg Abbott Celebrated Texas Independence Day by Ending COVID-19 Restrictions.” (Texas Monthly)
+ “Keep wearing your mask, health officials say after Gov. Greg Abbott lifts mask mandate.” (The Texas Tribune)

Many businesses defy Abbott’s orders to remove business restrictions and eliminate the state’s mask mandate, while others acquiesce.
AVN stories list of vegan businesses requiring masks(Instagram)
These Austin Restaurants Still Require Masks and Social Distancing Despite Governor’s Order.” (Eater Austin)
+ “Austin Places Requiring Masks.” (365 Things Austin)
+ “These Texas chains will still require masks once the state’s mandate is lifted.” HEB is one of these chains. (CNN)

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Counter Culture seeks investors for a new space. The new space would provide catering and daily service with short wait times, including a full bar with a patio. For more details or to express an interest in investing, contact Counter Culture by email

Dear Diary Coffeehouse calls for vendors for pop-up shops. They are looking for vegan cottage bakers, crafters, and makers. See their website for details.

Starting Monday, March 8, you can find Sweet Ritual ice cream at Tiny Grocer on South Congress. Monday is Tiny Grocer’s grand opening event.

Austin Veg Media Coverage

5 Best Vegan Restaurants in Austin 🥇,” featuring Counter CultureThe Vegan NomBouldin Creek CaféThe Beer Plant, and Bistro Vonish(Kev’s Best)


Austin Veg Delights

The Explore Vegan ATX crew wraps up their third season. Check out the latest video(YouTube)

Hannah K. rounds up Austin’s fried chick’n options in “Flipping the Bird,” from Citizen Eatery, Project Pollo, Binge Kitchen, The Beer Plant, Sundaze, and Revolution Vegan Kitchen. (BitterSweet)

New at Rabbit Food Grocery:


National Veg News

H&M taps cactus leather industry for fashion. “H&M Is Using Cactus Leather in New “Science Story” Collection.” (Green Matters)
+ “Cactus Leather Features in H&M’s New Sustainable Collection.” (LiveKindly)
+ “Vegan Cactus Leather is Coming to H&M.” (VegNews)

The dairy industry as plant-based alternative options grow. “Powered by Plants: Milk industry is on life support.”

Veganuary 2021 Saved Over 2 Million Animals In Just One Month, Says Report.”

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