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San Antonio Airport Blocks Chick-fil-A Due to Anti-LGBTQ Donations

Plus, East Riverside Joe’s Crab Shack closes due to unpaid rent, and other news to start your day

A Chick-fil-A sandwich
A Chick-fil-A sandwich
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Chick-fil-A Blocked
In light of fast-food chain Chick-fil-A’s continuing anti-LGBTQ donations, the San Antonio City Council blocked its potential opening in the San Antonio International Airport. “The City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion,” said city councilperson Roberto Treviño in a statement. “San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.” The contract with airport retail and restaurant company Paradies Lagardere will bring locations of San Antonio barbecue company Smoke Shack, Merit Coffee, and others.

Joe’s Crab Shack’s Unpaid Rent
Looks like casual seafood chain restaurant Joe’s Crab Shack closed because of unpaid rent and property taxes, according to KVUE. It owed over $10,000 in rent and $100,000 in property taxes. Its space is now up for lease.

Hot Mexican Restaurant Anniversary
One of Austin’s hottest restaurants, the Mexican-inspired Suerte on East 6th Street, is celebrating its first birthday with a party. The taco-filled party will include collaborations with chefs like Veracruz All Natural’s Reyna and Maritza Vazquez, Carpenter Hotel’s Grae Nonas, the Ramen Tatsu-ya team, and L’Oca d’Oro’s Fiore Tedesco. It takes place on Monday, March 25 from 5 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $50. Partial proceeds will go towards the Biblioteca El Rosario and Capital Area Counseling.


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