After the Centers for Disease Control recommended gatherings of more than 50 people be cancelled and as other areas closed bars and restaurants, local businesses ramped up their delivery, curbside and carryout service to try to hold onto as much business as possible.

These are some of the businesses that got ahead of the March 16 decision to suspend bar and restaurant operations throughout Harris County. Find a list of Heights, River Oaks and Montrose area restaurants and busineses here.

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  • Dandelion Cafe is encouraging online orders, with curbside pickup. The cafe is also offering a menu of family-size breakfast platters and tacos, as well as a la carte options.

  • Bernie’s Burger Bus is offering curbside pickup for all menu items at all locations, with online ordering now available through its website.

  • Brazos Bookstore announced it would be open noon-6 p.m. offering curbside service, with orders by phone, email and online accepted.

  • New York Deli & Coffee Shop, which rolled out dinner service this week, will remain open for dinner until 8:30 p.m. daily and The Bagel Shop Bakery will close at 7 p.m. The diner had previously reduced the number of tables and spread out the seating and is offering disinfectant wipes to all customers. Curbside pickup and delivery is also available.

  • After reopening just last year, Lemongrass Cafe is encouraging takeout and to-go orders. “Lemongrass Cafe has long mastered the art of takeout--complete with curbside pickup,” the cafe wrote on Facebook. It is also taking measures to sanitize all spaces in the restaurant.

  • Molina’s Cantina said it had been seating patrons with a buffer of at least one table-length between parties and is offering curbside pickup of to-go orders. “Rest assured, we are taking every means necessary to make sure you’re safe during this time,” the restaurant shared on its social media.

  • The artisan ice cream shop Flower & Cream is operating with normal business hours with take-out service.

  • Benjy Levit’s restaurant concepts The Classic, Local Foods and benjy's are offering free delivery on orders $50 or more which includes reduced prices for beer and wine. In addition, purchases of $100 gift cards get a free $25 gift card and $200 gets $75. The restaurants are offering limited menus including special "Hunker Down" menus.

  • McHugh Tea is offering to-go orders and curbside service, as well as delivery within a three-mile radius of the tea house. Customers can also order tea directly from its online tea store, True Leaf Tea Company, with a host of options available for purchase, with delivery to customers’ homes.

  • Bellaire restaurant Cafe Piquet temporarily stopped serving customers in its dining area on March 16, and will extend that until March 31, according to a Facebook post. It will continue offering catering services, as well as delivery services, and takeout/curbside pickup.

  • Fitness boutique Define: Bellaire, which offers barre, cycling, yoga, trampoline and hammock classes, temporarily closed its studio on March 16, and will keep the space closed until March 31. The boutique will still continue offering online classes.

  • The group that oversees events at Evelyn’s Park, Evelyn’s Park Conservancy, has cancelled all events and programming at the park until April 1, the group announced on its Facebook page. Bety’s, meanwhile, located at the park, will remain open.

  • Saltillo Mexican Kitchen is only offering to-go, pick up, and curbside orders, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Saturday from 12 to 10 p.m. until March 31. In addition, the restaurant is offering $20 extra for every $100 gift card purchased, until March 31.

  • The '401 Table and Tap has temporarily closing dine-in services. The restaurant is offering take-out to those who prefer to pick-up, as well as doorstep delivery, which can all be ordered online. The ‘401 has also created family meal packages for families of two and four that includes an option for wine delivery and also a fun pack for children, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

  • Happy Dogs Grooming is continuing business as normal, but is requesting that customers stay in their vehicles with their dogs and call staff to come and pick up their dogs. All payments can be made through PayPal and Zelle, according to the businesses’ Facebook page.

  • D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe has closed its dining room for the next 15 days due to the mandated order from Harris County officials, the restaurant confirmed. All call-in and to-go orders, as well as 3rd party deliveries are still available, along with curbside pick up. Paying over the phone or upon arrival are both still available.

  • Politan Row has closed its dining room, but continues to offer carry-out through its online menu.

  • Rustika Cafe is offering curbside pickup and delivery, including new "family feast" style orders.

  • Goode Co. Barbeque and Goode Co. Taqueria on Kirby are offering to-go curbside specials.