Updated for Wednesday, August 30
Restaurants across Houston are getting major donation efforts off the ground, whether that means cooking up hot meals for first responders and residents currently staying in shelters or at the George R. Brown Convention Center, or collecting donations of first aid supplies and everyday basic needs items at locations across the city.
Here's what's happening around the city currently, and how you can pitch in too.
Roka Akor will be reopening Wednesday evening and will donate all of tonight's profits to the American Red Cross for the hurricane relief effort currently taking place. Reservations can be made at rokaakor.com
King’s Biergarten in Pearland will be open tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. and will provide each person with one beer (for free) to give neighbors an opportunity to get out of the house and mingle. There will be a small crew of four people working.
Lucille's, 5512 La Branch, cooked breakfast for 75 people sheltered at Holy Name Catholic Church along with the Houston Police Department and first responders, and delivered 100 meals to the GRB yesterday as well. Way to go, chef Chris Williams and the Museum District neighborhood. Lucille's is open until 10 p.m. tonight to the public with a limited menu.
Papa John’s Pizza of Houston will feed 4,500 refugees at NRG Center and The Lone Star Convention & Expo Center shelter today from 6 to 9 p.m. with a donation of approximately 4,000 personal pizzas.
Additionally, in partnership with Countryside Trailers, Papa John’s Pizza of Houston will station its Mobile Pizza Kitchen at The Lone Star Convention & Expo Center shelter at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30. Papa John’s Mobile Pizza Kitchen will feed approximately 500 Hurricane Harvey refugees at this shelter in Conroe.
Since Monday, Legacy Restaurants has donated and delivered more than 6,000 Antone's sandwiches to the Houston Police Department and other first responders, and more than 1,000 sandwiches to Texas Children's Hospital.
Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, 4310 Westheimer, will be open Wednesday, August 30, with a limited menu from 4- to 10 p.m. or until food run 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.
Piatto Ristorante, 4925 West Alabama, will take 10 percent off your bill if you bring in nonperishable items such as socks, diapers, formula, dog food and toiletries for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Open today until 9 p.m.
Hugo's, 1600 Westheimer, will open at noon, with proceeds form the purchase of food and specialty cocktails going to Harvey relief. A rep for the restaurant says, "Our team will also be cooking to bring food to responders and shelters. We have a van we can safely transport donations [in] from Hugo's to the shelter at the GRB and other shelters. If you are in the area and [it's] safe to do so, we will be happy to take your items to those in need."
Those items include food items that are single-packaged products — think energy bars, raisin boxes, packs of chips, crackers, cookies, anything you'd buy in the Costco snack aisle — along with blankets, towels, baby items like diapers, formula and bottles. If you want to donate clothes, they're in desperate need of extra-large men's stuff.
Kirby Group lounging hubs Wooster's Garden, 3315 Milam, which opens at 4 p.m., and Heights Bier Garten, 1433 North Shepherd, which opens at 3 p.m., will serve their full food and drink menus today, and are both accepting donations to be taken GRB as well, with the following message: "They are in great need of FOOD (pre-packaged, easy open, ready to eat. No cans, no heating required). No clothes donations please.
Clark Cooper Concepts will be holding a donation drive at Coppa Osteria, 5210 Morningside Drive, in Rice Village from 12 to 5 p.m. today as well. The restaurant will collect the above items and drop them off at The George R. Brown Convention Center.
Anvil, 1424 Westheimer, opens at 2 p.m. and is accepting donations. They'll serve as long as possible, with attention to any potential rising water.
Café Azur, 4315 Montrose, is open for normal lunch and dinner hours, and is a collection site for hygiene items, children's activities and toys, shoes, socks and pet supplies. The items will be transported to GRB Convention Center to help community members who have suffered loss from this terrible storm.
Weights and Measures, 2808 Caroline, will resume regular service at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, and fire and police departments and first responders will eat free. There will be $2 donations from select cocktails going to recovery efforts, and the restaurant will accept labeled donations as well.
Beaver's Westheimer, 6025 Westheimer, will open Tuesday for 3 p.m. (regular hours resume on Wednesday) and first responders eat for free. The eatery will also donate $2 from the proceeds of select cocktails and 50 percent of all merchandise sales to the recovery effort.
El Patio, 6444 Westheimer, will open at 11 a.m. on Tuesday and first responders eat free — side note: What we wouldn't give for some Felix queso about now.
The Pass & Provisions, 807 Taft, Is opening its bar only tonight until 8 p.m. for drinks only. The restaurant has cooked all day for first responders and has dedicated all food to them.
Starting at 11 a.m., Killen’s Barbecue, 3 613 East Broadway in Pearland, is providing free plates of barbecue for first responders. Please note: At this time, there are no cashiers on site so they can’t accept paying customers just yet.
First responders will also eat for free at Dish Society locations near San Felipe and in LaCenterra in Cinco Ranch, starting at 11:30 a.m. They will also have limited menu and staff to open for the neighborhood.
Krisp Bird & Batter, 5922 Richmond, is donating its inventory today, cooking and coordinating with GRB staff to drop off food at 12:30 p.m. Way to go, chef Ben McPherson.
Antone's donated 2,000 po-boys yesterday to help feed first responders.
King's BierHaus, 2044 East T.C. Jester, gave away free beer to Houston residents yesterday evening.
The restaurant will open tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. with a limited menu and first responders will eat for free canceled because of staff shortage, sorry folks.
Frank's Pizza, 417 Travis, delivered pizzas to the Houston Police Department this morning, as first reported by Eater Houston, which also reports that Houston bartender Chris Morris, who is currently stranded in Dallas after returning from a bartending competition in London, organized a fundraiser at The Standard Pour, which donated $1 from each drink sold on Monday night and all tips to Harvey recovery.
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Truth Barbecue, 2990 Highway 290 West, will take donations of food, clothing, toiletries and more tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Former Hunky Dory chef Richard Knight and former Press food editor Phaedra Cook are helping to mobilize kitchen crews and restaurants throughout the city to feed everyone from first responders to residents in shelters via the ever-resourceful Facebook group Houston Service Industry for Harvey Relief. As of last night, chef Knight writes:
We made some food for fire station #6 tonight and have 3 big meals planned for the police department tomorrow. We have Ned Elliott bringing a load of cooked food in from our Austin family also. We had food donated from ALICE blue and we are using the kitchen and food supplied by LES BA'GET, those guys are awesome. University of Houston are providing us with some produce, Fluff Bake Bar are baking some bread for sandwich bread . Krisp Bird & Batter are sending out 1000 sandwiches, Chris Shepherd is tending to firehouse #16, we will be sending some more out to station #6, Fork and Truck are donating chicken, Down House Houston have been collecting donations and shipping to shelters and feeding the locals, Wokker Food Truck Food Music Life Food Truck rocked it out at GRB , thank you to Pappa Charlies Barbeque for using your kitchen.
Know of a donation or fundraising effort happening at a local restaurant? Let us know in the comments.