Bar Lives Matter?

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Do Bar Lives Matter?

Not to get too political here, but out of the recent news that Texas and Florida Bars are closing due to covid concerns birthed a new term, “Bar Lives Matter”. We aren’t going to turn this into a topic of Black Lives Matter vs All Lives Matter because frankly, it will be obvious who was on the right side of history years from now. But we did want to bring light to the Texas bar owners who feel unfairly singled out as far as covid concerns and the need to shut down their businesses.

What say you? Does it make sense? I mean lets look at the facts, the only FACT we know is that bars and restaurants do in fact usually harbor an environment where people are in close proximity. Not unique to their businesses, but true still. The other truth is that people that drink tend to be a “little loose” in their actions, because booze gives you a buzz and you may or may not be as likely to remember to practice social distancing and other safe habits during the current pandemic. So does that mean we close them? A couple states say yes, but several bar owners disagree and in Texas they went so far as to protest at the capital building and are now filing a lawsuit against Governor Greg Abbott.  The protest was hosted by Tee Allen Parker, owner of The Machine Shed Bar & Grill in Kilgore, about two hours southeast of Dallas. In his opinion, his tiny little bar isn’t causing the issue.

Yikes! To be fair, no one could have predicted this sh*t storm of events and no small business is really equipped to withstand this much time without revenues. Not the same, but recently our local ice cream shop posted they are closing permanently due to lost revenues they could not afford. One thing we can say is sometimes it is better to be safe than to be sorry.  And let us remind you, Florida and Texas, both going through this right now were two of the states that opened up first…



Alex is a full time consultant with 10+ years experience in the wine & spirits + consumer packaged goods industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified and makes a mean caipirinha. When not writing, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or bar hopping.

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