category Culture

The Only Constant is Change

Before Black Star was a restaurant or a brewery, Black Star was a group of people with a desire to create something that hadn’t been done before. They wanted to create the world’s first cooperatively-owned and worker self-managed brewpub, and with the help of all its members and an incredible staff, they succeeded.  Along the way, we brewed some award-winning beer.

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Black Star Co-op Elections: Call for Candidates!

Every fall Black Star Co-op Member-Owners vote for three Board of Director positions.  Directors review and craft policies and principles, represent the interests of all Member-Owners, and collaborate with the Workersʼ Assembly.  Take your love of Black Star Co-op to the next level by running for the Board.  To run for the Board, you must:

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New Ends Policy proposal: Frequently Asked Questions

During Black Star’s annual election in the fall, you’ll be asked to vote “Yes” or “No” on a new set of Ends policies. So we will discuss the Ends Committee’s proposed policy and answer questions about it during the June 25th Members’ Assembly meeting at 12pm at the pub. In the meantime, we’ve already had some great questions from committee members, directors, and our member-owners who came out to the recent Ends Committee Q & A and we wanted to bring you up to speed.

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Proposed Changes To The Ends

We had a big crisis to overcome in January, and thanks to the amazing community around Black Star, the workers and member-owners we were able to save our brew-pub.  This was an outstanding achievement, but it also highlighted a few parts of the business that weren’t working as well as we had thought they would.  One component that stood out in multiple conversations at Board meetings, discussions with the WA, and during our January discussion was that our Ends policies were so specific and proscriptive that they didn’t allow the WA the latitude in decision making required to achieve our goals and run a great business.

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March Madness

The month of March is without a doubt one of the most exciting pages on the calendar here in Austin. Not only does my birthday fall at the top of the month, but the city has also included other major holidays and events throughout. This is why we at Black Star have been focusing extremely hard on creating lots of fun and celebratory events for our member-owners and patrons (even though I consider this my own personal month long birthday celebration).

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Mr. Livesay Goes to Washington. . .Again

Later this month we’ll be going back to Washington, D.C. to lobby for fair wages, worker, women, and immigrant’s rights, and increasing the tipped minimum wage for industry workers. This will be the fourth year we’ve gone to D.C. to counter lobby the National Restaurant Association in solidarity with our friends from around the country in both the ROC and RAISE organizations. 

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I’m Your Man, Leonard: Finding One’s Self and The Black Star Menu

When I agreed to write a piece about our Fall menu, I originally intended it be an overview about new items, but things have changed. It’s been a while since I’ve written anything for the newsletter, so I wanted to do something a more than just a little listicle or something about menu items. I wanted to tell you a story about a trip I took to research pub-food; to find myself. 

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