Houston restaurant groups are setting up community kitchens to help feed restaurant and hospitality employees who are out of work due to coronavirus shutdowns. Here’s where workers can go for a free meal:
Restaurant Workers Relief Program at Riel Houston
Starting Saturday, March 28, upscale Montrose eatery Riel Houston will flip into a daily relief center, providing free, to-go dinner every night to anyone who has been laid off or experienced a big reduction in hours or pay while the city enforces a no dine-in rule. The restaurant will also drop in free home essentials like toilet paper, diapers, and fresh produce. The program is funded by Maker’s Mark and chef Ed Lee’s initiative, which is taking donations to keep meals coming.
Where: Riel Houston (1927 Fairview Street) in a designated area in the parking lot
When: Pick-up time is 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily and is on a first-come, first-served basis.
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We are here for you, Houston! Restaurant Workers Relief Program Due to the closure of restaurants in Texas, we have an urgent need for assistance for the thousands of restaurant workers who find themselves suddenly without work, without a paycheck and without a support system. Starting on March 28 in partnership with @makersmark and @leeinitiative @chefedwardlee, we will turn @rielhouston into a relief center for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours and/or pay. We are offering help for those in dire need of food and supplies. Each night, we will pack hundreds of to go dinners that people can come to pick up and take home. Dinners are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 1 per person unless there is an emergency situation. We will also have essential supplies on hand. We will limit how much any one person can take of these supplies, but they will be handed out free to those in need. We will continue to offer this program until we can no longer financially support the program. •Dinner pick up address: Riel Restaurant, 1927 Fairview St., Houston, TX 77019 •This program will be offered 7 days a week for a minimum of 10 days, or until otherwise notified •Pick up time is 4:00pm to 6:00pm daily •Pick up will be in a designated area in the front parking lot of Riel To support this program and our restaurant community, donate to LEEInitiative.org #chefselevatingchefs #goodfoodforgood #LEEInitiative #houston
“Keep Houston Fed” With Greater Houston Restaurant Association and Houston Food Bank
Customers at Houston-area restaurants offering delivery, takeout, and gift cards for sale can opt to add $1 or more to their order that goes directly to Houston Food Bank, helping meet demand for food distribution as the COVID-19 crisis continues. Every $1 donated to Houston Food Bank can provide three meals to those in need.
BCN / MAD’s Curbside Community Kitchen
The team behind Spanish restaurants BCN Taste and Tradition and MAD just rolled out a Curbside Community Kitchen geared toward members of the Houston hospitality industry who’ve been affected by the COVID-19 closures. At MAD, team members will hand out 200 complimentary, individual meals on a first come, first served basis. The dinners will be the sort of food that the staff eats at lunch for family meal, with a Spanish twist. Call 281-888-2770 for any questions.
Where: MAD, 4444 Westheimer Rd, Suite C180, Houston
When: Monday-Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
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*FOR ALL HOSPITALITY FAMILIES* The families of BCN and MAD will start a curbside community kitchen, serving up 200 meals a day, with a Spanish flare! Starting tomorrow, March 19th, from 5-7pm. Our very own Chef Luis will be serving meals for curbside pick-up, at MAD River Oaks location 4444 Westheimer Road, C180 Swipe up for more details! This will make us stronger, support support!
This Saturday, restaurateur Ronnie Killen is offering up free meals of spicy chicken sandwiches and chips to hospitality workers who were affected by the shutdown. Head to Killen’s with a paycheck stub for proof of employment.
We are @killenstx @HoustonHeights 101 Heights Blvd. for a drive thru pop-up at noon! We have FREE Nashville hot chicken/fried chicken sandwiches+fries to all hospitality employees. And we will have fried chicken, brisket, CFS, mashed potatoes w/ gravy & green beans for purchase. pic.twitter.com/OUkcRJKjdv— Killen's Barbecue (@killensbbq) March 26, 2020
Where: Killen’s, 101 Heights Blvd., Houston Heights
When: Saturday, March 21 at 11 a.m.
The restaurant is offering 50% off for hospitality pros for one meal daily. This limited time deal is offered via drive thru service, and alcohol is not included. “Some proof would be nice,” the restaurant writes.
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Restaurant and bar employees are the strongest most resilient people out there. Especially in Houston. We want to do what we can to support our friends in the industry by giving them a discount on our offerings. . Come by any of our locations (except downtown)and order from one of our friendly team members ♂️. Let them know you’re in the industry and get 50% off of your meal. It would be helpful if you could show a paystub, business card, etc. If anyone has the grit required to come back from something like this, it’s the restaurant and bar industry! We’re all in this together. #houstonrestaurants #houstonbars #houstoneats #houston #dishsociety #supportlocal #eatlocal