After the storm, these Houston restaurants are open and closed

A powerful line of severe thunderstorms swept through southeast Texas and Louisiana Thursday evening, killing at least four people and leaving more than 800,000 Houstonians without power or electricity. The storm battered the Houston metropolitan area and winds reaching 78 mph damaged local businesses, shattered windows of high-rise buildings and toppled transmission towers that held up power lines, leaving many Houstonians without power for more than of 12 hours.

As city workers work to clean roads and highways, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the National Weather Service encouraged everyone to stay off the roads. The Houston Independent School District (HISD) has canceled classes for the day, and many businesses are feeling the impact as well. Some restaurants and bars are facing significant damage, with many restaurants announcing their closures Friday due to continued power outages. Some Houston chefs are offering hot meals to those in need as the city recovers from the storm.

As residents wait to get back to power, Eater Houston will be tracking which establishments are closed for the day, which restaurants are still open, and which restaurants suffered significant damage from the storm. We will also update this story with information about any dining services and donation efforts to support those in need of hot food and service. Come back to this space for more information as it becomes available.

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Who is open

These restaurants have announced that they will be open regular business hours on Friday, May 17.

  • Kolache Shoppe – All locations except the Heights are open Friday.

  • Brennan’s of Houston — Brennan’s of Houston is open its regular hours on Friday.

  • Belly of the Beast — The restaurant will be open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday.

  • Spanish Flowers Mexican Restaurant – Durham and North Freeway locations are open.

  • La Mexicana — The restaurant announced it is open with electricity and a full bar.

  • Taste Kitchen and Bar – The restaurant is open its regular hours on Friday.

  • Trash Panda Drinking Club — The bar will open at 4 p.m. Friday.

  • Dish Society – West University and Katy locations are open Friday.

  • Duck N Bao – The Memorial site is open on Fridays.

  • Hongdae 33 (Chinatown) — Open Friday.

  • Boulangerie Bagel Shop – Open Friday.

  • New York Deli — Open Friday.

  • Hugo’s — Open Friday.

  • Caracol — Open Friday.

  • Xochi — Open Friday.

  • Pizaro’s — The Montrose location is open Friday.

  • The Original Ninfa’s Uptown — Open Friday.

  • Willie’s Grill and Icehouse — All locations except Copperfield and Barker Cypress are open Friday.

  • Molina’s Cantina — All locations open Friday.

  • 8th Wonder Brewery – Open Friday.

  • Gatlin’s Fins and Feathers — Open Friday with a limited menu.

  • Axelrad — Open Friday.

  • Buc-ee’s — All locations open Friday.

  • Backstreet Café – Open Friday.

  • URBE — Open Friday.

  • Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen — Elridge location is open Friday.

  • Etoile Cuisine et Bar — Following a power outage Thursday evening during the storm, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Friday.

  • State of Grace — Open Friday.

  • Kokoro — Open Friday.

  • Little Rey — Open Friday.

  • Cocody Restaurant & Bar — Open Friday.

  • il Bracco — Open Friday.

  • Doris Metropolitan — Open Friday.

  • Phat Eatery – Open Friday.

  • Christian’s Tailgate — Open Friday.

  • Slowpokes – Levy Park and West University locations are open Friday. Both locations offer Wi-Fi, coffee, food and cell phone charging stations.

  • Lucille’s — The restaurant is open Friday for lunch and dinner.

  • Paradigm Brewing – The brewery is open and has Wi-Fi available.

  • Field & Tides — Open Friday.

  • Angel Share Houston – The bar is open Friday and will offer ice, water, food, beer and bar games. The bar is equipped with air conditioning and visitors can charge their phones.

  • Comfort Foodies — The restaurant is open Friday and will offer meals at the discounted price of $9.95 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Betelgeuse Betelgeuse — The Montrose location is open Friday.

  • Catbirds – Catbirds is open Friday.

Which is closed

The following restaurants have announced closures due to local storms and associated power outages

This story has been updated to include additional information about restaurants and local efforts to support those in need of food services.