A drive around Montrose yesterday evening revealed that more restaurants than expected are open, but they're quickly running out of food, have limited staff and lines are pretty much out the door. In fact, traffic appeared as heavy as on a Saturday night around Westheimer on Tuesday evening.
Patience is key here. Restaurants need to make money, but everyone's main concern is feeding shelters and first responders at this time, so food supplies are generally going toward those priorities. But as King's BierHaus owner Phillipp Sitter noted on Monday, many industry workers survive paycheck to paycheck, so just a few days without work could crush many front- and back-of-house staff who may already be dealing with huge losses due to the storm.
Restaurants also want to serve the community, but many will be running on fumes. Many places are low on food because deliveries and supplies that they rely upon are not readily available yet. Expect limited menus and staff at most places. Be nice, tip well and remember to give thanks.
Many more restaurant openings and closures can easily be found via the Facebook group Hurricane Harvey Houston Restaurant & Bar Updates, but here are two dozen or so that are confirmed opening today.
Saltillo Mexican Kitchen in Bellaire will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will offer a free basic meal to anyone who had to evacuate his or her home.
Bosscat Kitchen & Libations will be open today with a limited menu from 4 to 10 p.m. or until food runs out. They will not be charging for food, only for alcohol.
Bosscat's managing partner Tai Nguyen said in a press statement: "I would like for people to come and donate blankets, sleeping bags and canned food. I went to donate clothes and food yesterday. They told me that they have plenty of clothes. They're short on blankets, towels, sleeping bags and food. We want to help and give back. Our menu today is mostly going to be off-menu items created from what we have on hand."
Pokeology, 5555 Morningside, will donate 20 percent of its proceeds today toward Harvey relief, in particular the JJ Watt Foundation and the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA). Serving now until 10 p.m.
Liberty Kitchen at the Treehouse in Memorial City will open at 5 p.m.
Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar in the Heights also opens at 5 p.m.
Sushi spot Kata Robata opens noon to 6 p.m. with a full menu. Taking donation items for shelters too.
Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen on Woodway will be open for lunch and dinner today, starting at 11 a.m.
Toulouse reopened as of yesterday, August 29. Hours are 2 to 9 p.m. with a limited menu.
Taverna opens 2 to 9 p.m. with a limited menu.
The Pit Room opens Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Divino opens at 5:30 p.m. with a limited menu.
Cafe Azur is open for lunch and dinner, starting at 11 a.m.
Rainbow Lodge opens at 5 p.m. for happy hour and dinner service.
Third Coast is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Both locations of Kenny & Ziggy’s open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cane Rosso Heights and Montrose locations will be open at 11 a.m. with limited staff and a small menu.
Hugo Ortega's restaurants are all operating. Xochi opens on Wednesday for lunch and dinner, starting at noon with a limited menu. Backstreet Cafe opens at 11 a.m. Caracol opens with regular hours from 11 a.m. to 9 pm., and Hugo's opens 11 a.m. to 9 pm. All locations will have special cocktails, with proceeds going to Harvey relief, and folks can drop off donation items for shelters as well.
Prego opens from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Pass & Provisions offers a limited menu in the bar area only, from noon to 6 p.m.
Hay Merchant and Underbelly are open as a hybrid eatery inside Hay Merchant from noon to 6 p.m.. Menu will be posted on social media as soon as it's determined.
All Agricole eateries are open with limited menus, including Revival Market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Coltivare from 5 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. and Eight Row Flint from 2 to 10 p.m.
Petite Sweets will be open Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Dish Society locations on San Felipe and in Cinco Ranch are open with limited menus, from 11:30 on.
13 Celsius opens at 4 p.m.
D’Amico’s Italian Market Café in Rice Village will be open for lunch and dinner today, starting at 11 a.m.
The Original Ninfa's on Navigation will reopen today at 11 a.m., with approximately 90 percent of its menu ready to serve at opening.
Antone's two locations on the West Loop (4520 San Felipe) and North Loop (2724 W T C Jester) are open as of 10 a.m. today with a limited menu at both locations.
FM Kitchen & Bar will open today at noon, and will have food ready for delivery. The restaurant will be offering free burgers for all first responders.
King's BierHaus opens from 5 to 9 p.m. with a limited menu, and first responders eat for free.
Killen's Steakhouse will open from 4 to 9 p.m. with all-day happy hour and a limited food menu.
Relish is offering counter service with a limited menu from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Landry’s restaurants open Wednesday as of 11 a.m., including all Babin's locations, Fish Tales, Fisherman’s Wharf, Grotto Woodlands, Grotto 610, Willie G’s Post Oak. Vic & Anthony’s will open for cocktails at 4 p.m. and for dinner at 5 p.m. Brenner’s Steakhouse in Katy will also open at 5 p.m.
Molina’s Cantina on Bellaire has the bar open for chips, queso, beer and margaritas and opens for dinner at 4 p.m.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille locations in Baybrook, Katy, The Woodlands, Sugar Land and Memorial City will reopen today at 4 p.m.
Washington and Fairview locations of Max's Wine Dive reopen at 4 p.m.