Lake Houston-area restaurants, businesses adapt to coronavirus concerns with delivery, to-go, online services

Raffa's Waterfront Grill is encouraging residents to order items for pickup or delivery. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Raffa's Waterfront Grill is encouraging residents to order items for pickup or delivery. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Raffa's Waterfront Grill is encouraging residents to order items for pickup or delivery. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Chachi's Mexican Restaurant is offering delivery via apps as well as personal delivery within a 6-mile radius of the Kingwood restaurant. (Courtesy Chachi's Mexican Restaurant)

Editor's note: This article will be updated as new information is received.

With new mandates in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Lake Houston-area restaurants and businesses are getting creative and changing their services to meet the needs of the community.

Officials in Harris and Montgomery counties issued their own mandates in the last week that closed down bars and limited restaurants to takeout and delivery only. Montgomery County officials also closed all movie theaters and "amusement-type" businesses until April 2, Community Impact Newspaper reported.

To help alleviate the strain on Texas businesses, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a waiver March 18 that allows restaurant patrons ordering food for delivery to also be able to order beer, wine and mixed drinks. Shortly after, Abbott ordered Texans on March 19 to avoid groups of 10 and close bars, gyms and restaurants for dine-in from midnight March 20 through midnight April 3.

While local restaurants are expanding their reach with food and alcohol delivery, some businesses are going mobile by offering classes remotely. These are some of the businesses adjusting their services during this time.

Is there a business we missed that is adjusting to the outbreak? Send us an email at lhknews@communityimpact.com or call us at 512-989-6808.

Restaurants




  • Torchy's Tacos in Kingwood is offering takeout, free delivery on orders more than $15 and family packs. The business is also offering beer and wine for takeout.

  • Olive Garden is offering takeout, curbside pickup and free delivery for orders more than $40.

  • LongHorn Steakhouse is offering takeout and curbside pickup.

  • Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen is offering curbside pickup and beer and wine at select locations.

  • Chachi's Mexican Restaurant is offering delivery via apps as well as personal delivery within a 6-mile radius of the Kingwood restaurant. It also is offering 20% off all to-go orders placed between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. until March 31. The restaurant is also offering a drink special where patrons can order a gallon of margaritas for $45 for delivery.

  • Italiano's Restaurant offers takeout and curbside pickup at both the Humble and Atascocita locations.

  • New York Grand Pizza is offering takeout and delivery services within a 3- to 5-mile radius of the shop.

  • Raffa's Waterfront Grill is offering family meal packages as well as limited items from the regular menu. The restaurant now also offers beer, wine and mixed drinks for delivery. Beer and wine are 40% off for delivery.

  • Bibo's Bistro is offering curbside delivery and delivery through online apps. The restaurant is also offering wine by the bottle to go. All pickup orders will receive a 10% coupon to use the rest of the year.

  • J. Christopher's Pizza & Pasta offers takeout and delivery.

  • Wholesome Pies and Wholesome Kitchen are offering delivery through GrubHub and UberEats. Wholesome Kitchen is also offering a deal that if customers spend $50, they will get a $50 gift card for future in-house dining.

  • The Clubs of Kingwood has ramped up its to-go offerings with new family-style menu items and drink packages, such as "Fajitas & Ritas," which is chicken and beef fajitas to serve eight to 10 people with a batch of margaritas.

  • Chimichurri's South American Grill is offering a limited menu with orders available for pickup. It also has a family package.

  • In addition to delivery apps, Asian City Restaurant is offering personal, free delivery for orders of more than $20.

  • Chez nous is offering takeout and curbside pickup on special family-style dinners and reduced pricing on various items, including appetizers, salads, single entrees and desserts. The restaurant's prix fixe menu on Fridays will also be available. Visit the Chez nous website for details on when family-style and pick-up orders can be placed.


Businesses


  • Krafty Shack is still offering craft camps for children, but the business has limited its camps to eight children, according to a Facebook post from the business.

  • Creativity Shell is offering online craft tutorials for students and nonstudents. Parents can pick up free materials twice a week from the business and take the materials home for their kids. Beginning March 23, students can also pick up ingredients to do a cooking tutorial at home.

  • Kingwood Garden Center is open, and patrons can still shop for flowers, mulch and soil as well as browse the gift shop. Deliveries can also be made through Warren's Southern Garden.

  • K&S Sportswear is taking item orders over the phone at 281-852-2918, via email at info@ks-sportswear.com or patrons can order at the K&S Sportswear location at 5736 FM 1960, Humble.

  • Vessel Pilates instructors have filmed workout videos and will soon offer online classes to help members keep moving while remaining in the comfort of their homes, according to a Facebook post from the business.


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By Kelly Schafler

Editor, Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she became editor, she was the reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition for a year and a half.



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