Gerald Franklin Agency

Gerald Franklin Agency We are primarily involved in the processing of new and renewal applications for all types of retail licenses, wholesale licenses and manufacturing licenses and permits issued by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

We are primarily involved in the processing of new and renewal alcohol applications for all types of retail licenses, wholesale licenses and manufacturing licenses and permits issued by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. In addition, the company assists applicants with ancillary licenses such as Sales and Use Tax permits, Special Occupational Tax Stamps, Lottery and To***co permits, Food Stamp Licenses, Special Use Permits, Dance Permits, Federal Wholesaler's and Importer's Basic Permits.

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Whew! It’s been a long and difficult year in Texas! Stay safe and celebrate freedom and your favorite small businesses❣️...
03/10/2021
Executive Order Allows All Businesses to Open at Full Capacity on March 10 | TABC

Whew! It’s been a long and difficult year in Texas! Stay safe and celebrate freedom and your favorite small businesses❣️

https://www.tabc.texas.gov/news/articles/executive-order-allows-all-businesses-to-open-at-full-capacity-on-march-10-2021/

Last week, Gov. Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34, lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100% beginning Wednesday, March 10 at 12:01 a.m.

Check out these interesting business trends...you might want to try some of them!
09/28/2020
Top Bar Trends for 2020

Check out these interesting business trends...you might want to try some of them!

From cutting-edge barware to new takes on classic cocktails, we explore some emerging trends that will help you to retain your customer base and attract new business in the new year in 2020!

Here we go again, Texas...heading into the week end, it looks as though small groups getting together somewhere other th...
06/26/2020
Gov. Greg Abbott orders Texas bars to close again and restaurants to reduce to 50% occupancy as coronavirus spreads

Here we go again, Texas...heading into the week end, it looks as though small groups getting together somewhere other than inside a bar may be the best way to socialize and keep up safe. God bless you and your loved ones and the state of Texas.

https://www.texastribune.org/2020/06/26/texas-bars-restaurants-coronavirus-greg-abbott/

The moves, announced Friday morning, represent Abbott's most dramatic action yet in response a surge in cases after he allowed businesses to reopen in the state.

Show off your creative choice of mask or simply wear the mask you have to comply with Harris county’s order.  You could ...
06/21/2020
Bars, restaurants prep to enforce Harris County mask order

Show off your creative choice of mask or simply wear the mask you have to comply with Harris county’s order. You could start today while celebrating good ok’ Dad💝 Happy Father’s Day to all the stellar dads out there!

https://www.khou.com/amp/article/money/business/coronavirus-houston-bars-restaurants-prepare-county-mask-order/285-447cafdb-826f-4a0d-b902-225199e1686e

Some businesses aren’t waiting until Monday to get started.

Good Morning, Texas❤️The attached is from KLTV.com today as a reminder of the regulations put in place by Governor Abbot...
06/15/2020
Restaurants can open at 75% occupancy starting June 12, 2020

Good Morning, Texas❤️

The attached is from KLTV.com today as a reminder of the regulations put in place by Governor Abbot’s task force on the Corona virus.
We are here to serve you and wish you continued good health and prosperity during these difficult times.

https://www.kltv.com/2020/06/14/restaurants-can-open-occupancy-starting-june/?outputType=amp

Effective June 12, 2020 restaurants may operate for dine-in service up to 75% of the total listed occupancy inside the restaurant. This applies only to restaurants that have less than 51% of their gross sales from alcoholic beverages. Restaurants may continue to provide to-go or delivery services.

05/22/2020
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Gerald Franklin Agency would like to wish you and all your loved ones a safe and meaningful Memorial Day Weekend.
We'd like to "THANK YOU" all for your continued trust and patronage to continue our standard of excellence in guiding you in your business during this difficult time. We hope that you are finding a way to cope with this pandemic.

Here's the latest news and guidelines for Restaurants and Bars from Gregg Abbott on Reopening Texas Businesses....

Updated Bar and Restaurant Checklists — May 21, 2020
On Monday, May 18, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order authorizing bars to operate at up to 25% of their total listed occupancy inside the bar. (Bars are establishments holding a TABC permit that are not considered a restaurant.)

The governor also authorized restaurants to operate at up to 50% of their total listed occupancy inside the restaurant. (Restaurants are establishments that make less than 51% of their gross sales from alcoholic beverages.)

There is no overall occupancy limit outdoors for both types of establishments, and employees do not count toward the occupancy limits. Since Monday, Gov. Abbott has updated the minimum health protocols for restaurants and bars. Two notable changes:

For bars, the revised protocols clarify that silverware, flatware and glassware may be reusable. The original guidance stated those items must be single use (non-reusable).
For restaurants, the revised protocols provide that the bar top inside the restaurant must be closed off to seating. This provides uniformity between restaurants and bars in the treatment of the bar top.
In accordance with the minimum standard health protocols for bars and restaurants, TABC will monitor restaurants and bars throughout the state to ensure compliance. TABC has the authority to suspend any license that poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety. Failure to follow those protocols may result in a 30-day license suspension for the first infraction and a 60-day suspension for a second infraction.

Read the updated checklists for bars and restaurants or see TABC's May 21, 2020 Industry Notice to learn more.

Seller/Server Certificate Extension
Any seller/server certificate that expired between March 13 and May 13 of this year is now effective through Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

Read the emergency rule amendment.REVISED MAY 19, 2020
MINIMUM STANDARD HEALTH PROTOCOLS
1.  CHECKLIST FOR RESTAURANTS Page 1 of 3
Restaurants may operate for dine-in service up to 25% of the total listed occupancy inside the restaurant,
and may not offer valet services except for vehicles with placards or plates for disabled parking; outdoor
dining is not subject to an occupancy limit; and restaurant employees and contractors are not counted
towards the occupancy limitation. Effective May 22, 2020, the occupancy limitation increases to 50% of
the total listed occupancy inside the restaurant. This applies only to restaurants that have less than 51%
of their gross sales from alcoholic beverages. Restaurants may continue to provide to-go or delivery
services. Any components of the establishments or facilities that have interactive functions or exhibits,
including child play areas, interactive games, and video arcades, must remain closed.
The following are the minimum recommended health protocols for all restaurants choosing to operate in
Texas. Restaurants may adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to
help protect the health and safety of all employees, contractors, and customers.
The virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to others by infected persons who have few or no symptoms.
Even if an infected person is only mildly ill, the people they spread it to may become seriously ill or even die,
especially if that person is 65 or older with pre-existing health conditions that place them at higher risk.
Because of the hidden nature of this threat, everyone should rigorously follow the practices specified in these
protocols, all of which facilitate a safe and measured reopening of Texas. The virus that causes COVID-19 is
still circulating in our communities. We should continue to observe practices that protect everyone, including
those who are most vulnerable.
Please note, public health guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation. Restaurants should stay
informed and take actions based on common sense and wise judgment that will protect health and support
economic revitalization. Restaurants should also be mindful of federal and state employment and disability
laws, workplace safety standards, and accessibility standards to address the needs of both workers and
customers.
Health protocols for serving your customers:
 Parties maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other parties at all times, including while waiting to be
seated in the restaurant.
 Make a hand sanitizing station available upon entry to the restaurant.
 No tables of more than 6 people.
 Dining:
 Do not leave condiments, silverware, flatware, glassware, or other traditional table top items on
an unoccupied table
 Provide condiments only upon request, and in single use (non-reusable) portions.
 Use disposable menus (new for each patron)
 If a buffet is offered, restaurant employees serve the food to customers.
 Contactless payment is encouraged. Where not available, contact should be minimized. Both parties
should wash or sanitize hands after the payment process.
REVISED MAY 19, 2020
MINIMUM STANDARD HEALTH PROTOCOLS
1.
RESTAURANTS: Page 2 of 3
Health protocols for your employees and contractors:
 Train all employees and contractors on appropriate cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and
respiratory etiquette.
 Screen employees and contractors before coming into the restaurant:
 Send home any employee or contractor who has any of the following new or worsening signs or
symptoms of possible COVID-19:
- Cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty
breathing
- Chills
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Headache
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Diarrhea
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature
greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
- Known close contact with a person who is lab
confirmed to have COVID-19
 Do not allow employees or contractors with new or worsening signs or symptoms listed above
to return to work until:
- In the case of an employee or contractor who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual
may return to work when all three of the following criteria are met: at least 3 days (72
hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing
medications); and the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of
breath); and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared; or
- In the case of an employee or contractor who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and
does not get evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, the individual is
assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to work until the individual
has completed the same three-step criteria listed above; or
- If the employee or contractor has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to
work before completing the above self-isolation period, the individual must obtain a medical
professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis.
 Do not allow an employee or contractor with known close contact to a person who is labconfirmed to have COVID-19 to return to work until the end of the 14 day self-quarantine period
from the last date of exposure (with an exception granted for healthcare workers and critical
infrastructure workers).
 Have employees and contractors wash or sanitize their hands upon entering the restaurant, and
between interactions with customers.
 Have employees and contractors maintain at least 6 feet of separation from other individuals. If such
distancing is not feasible, measures such as face covering, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, cleanliness,
and sanitation should be rigorously practiced.
REVISED MAY 19, 2020
MINIMUM STANDARD HEALTH PROTOCOLS
1.
RESTAURANTS: Page 3 of 3
 Consistent with the actions taken by many restaurants across the state, consider having all employees
and contractors wear cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth). If available, employees and
contractors should consider wearing non-medical grade face masks.
Health protocols for your facilities:
 Physically block off the bar and remove or block off bar stools so customers may neither sit nor
order at the bar itself.
 Consider having an employee or contractor manage and control access to the restaurant, including
opening doors to prevent patrons from touching door handles.
 Regularly and frequently clean and disinfect any regularly touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables,
and chairs.
 Regularly and frequently clean restrooms, and document the cleanings.
 Disinfect any items that come into contact with customers.
 Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant readily available to
employees, contractors, and customers.
 Consider placing readily visible signage at the restaurant to remind everyone of best hygiene practices.
 Clean and disinfect the area used for dining (table, etc.) after each group of customers depart,
including the disinfecting of tables, chairs, stalls, and countertops.
 Clean and sanitize restaurants daily.
 For restaurants with more than 10 employees and/or contractors present at one time, consider having
an individual wholly or partially dedicated to ensuring the health protocols adopted by the restaurant
are being successfully implemented and followed.
 TABC staff should monitor restaurants throughout the state of Texas to ensure compliance with these
protocols. TABC has the authority to suspend any license that poses an immediate threat or danger to
public safety. Failure to follow these protocols may result in a 30-day license suspension for the first
infraction, and a 60-day suspension for a second infraction.

Things are LOOKING UP in Houston! The Lone Star Flight Museum’s Fight to the Finish Flyover has been rescheduled to Sund...
05/07/2020
Lone Star Flight Museum’s flyover across Houston postponed due to bad weather

Things are LOOKING UP in Houston! The Lone Star Flight Museum’s Fight to the Finish Flyover has been rescheduled to Sunday afternoon due to tomorrow’s weather forecast. Click the link below for the flight pattern and additional details #StaySafe #InThisTogether

Lone Star Flight Museum organized a flyover event across Houston to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day and in honor of those that served and sacrificed during World War II.

Here is some GOOD news during this stressful time—on Wednesday the Blue Angels will be flying over Houston, Dallas and F...
05/04/2020
Blue Angels announce flyover of Houston to honor front-line workers

Here is some GOOD news during this stressful time—on Wednesday the Blue Angels will be flying over Houston, Dallas and Ft. Worth to honor our frontline workers. Click the link below for details. #StaySafe #InThisTogether

The Blue Angels have been thanking front-line workers as they do their part to help fight the coronavirus pandemic by conducting flyovers in various cities.

Happy Friday, everyone! Today Gov. Abbott will begin the first phase of reopening Texas’ economy. Bars must remain close...
05/01/2020
Texas Gov. Abbott hints he's open to allowing to-go alcohol sales permanently

Happy Friday, everyone! Today Gov. Abbott will begin the first phase of reopening Texas’ economy. Bars must remain closed during this time; however, restaurants are still able to serve alcohol to-go.
Stay safe!

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott hinted that to-go sales of alcoholic beverages, which the state authorized to help keep restaurants afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, can continue once the crisis comes to an end.

TABC published guidance yesterday evening interpreting Governor Abbott's latest executive order regarding who may reopen...
04/29/2020
Gov. Greg Abbott to let restaurants, movie theaters and malls open with limited capacity Friday

TABC published guidance yesterday evening interpreting Governor Abbott's latest executive order regarding who may reopen on May 1st at limited capacity.

TABC's interpretation is that manufacturers may reopen tasting rooms and taprooms for dine-in service only if they operate a restaurant as well with food and nonalcoholic beverage sales exceeding alcoholic beverage sales and follow the recommended health protocols.

Manufacturer tasting rooms and taprooms without a restaurant may reopen for limited tastings and purchases for off-premises consumption following the recommended health protocols.

Restaurants with food and nonalcoholic beverage sales exceeding alcoholic beverage sales and movie theaters may reopen following the recommended health protocols.

Bars may not reopen at this time.

Stay safe out there!

The businesses must limit occupancy to no more than 25%. Abbott said the state's stay-at-home order "has done its job to slow the growth of COVID-19."

TGIF! Treat yourself and support local businesses during this time.
04/17/2020
New COVID-19 waiver allows Texas restaurants to sell alcohol to-go

TGIF! Treat yourself and support local businesses during this time.

Governor Greg Abbott tossed a major lifesaver to Texas restaurants on March 18 by issuing a waiver allowing them to deliver alcoholic beverages with food purchases to patrons. That includes ...

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Gerald Franklin Agency is a beer, wine, and alcohol license, sales and permitting service for Federal, State, County and City alcoholic sales permits and licenses needed in the retail, wholesale, manufacturing and importing levels of the alcoholic beverage industry in Texas. In addition to TABC licenses and permits, we assist our clients in obtaining Special Occupational Tax Stamps, Sales and Use Tax Permits, Lottery Permits, Food Stamp Permit (Lone Star), To***co Permits, Dance Hall Licenses and various Special Use Permits required by some cities in the State as well as different basic Federal permits and bonds.

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