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Houston Establishments Are Enticing Diners With Free Delivery and Drive-Thru Beer

Facing empty dining rooms as coronavirus fears mount, Houston restaurants and bars are getting creative

Score drive-thru beer at Saint Arnold on Friday
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Amy McCarthy is a staff writer at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

Bracing for the financial impact of empty dining rooms, a number of Houston restaurants are enticing diners and drinkers with specials that don’t even require getting out of the car.

Houston’s beloved Saint Arnold Brewing Company announced on Thursday via Twitter that it would offer drive-thru brews from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday so that people “don’t even have to get out of [their] cars to stock up.” It’s a smart move, considering that Houstonians are stocking up on everything from toilet paper to booze, decimating grocery store shelves of staples in their wake.

In addition to Saint Arnold’s drive-thru beer option, a number of eateries across Houston are offering free delivery and to-go promotions to encourage people to eat out without actually having to sit in a dining room. Neighborhood favorite Hungry’s, which operates two locations in Rice Village and the Memorial area, is now offering its full menu for take-out all day long along with free delivery for anyone within a five-mile radius of the restaurant.

Other establishments are using freebies to entice diners to place to-go orders. Right now, diners can browse the menu for Rainbow Lodge online, place an order over the phone, and pick up a meal and a free $20 gift card for a future visit in the valet parking line. At all six Houston locations of The Union Kitchen, diners can score a free dessert with the purchase of four entrees.

Some spots are even offering freebies to their patrons who support other Houston restaurants. As reported previously, Midtown bar Axelrad offered free beer to anyone who presented a receipt from a restaurant in Chinatown, an area that’s been hit particularly hard after a series of unfounded rumors regarding coronavirus in the neighborhood.