Updated as of Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
If your Hurricane Tropical Storm Harvey survival plan included seeking shelter in one of Houston’s great drinking and dining spots, you’ll want to make alternate plans.
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Several establishments were closing early Friday through Sunday as a precaution to protect employees and patrons. Some have already decided to shut down entirely for the weekend to be in the clear.
It was one more reason to stock up on food, and take the storm seriously. Riding it out with home cooking is what most people are doing, but lulls in the rain on Saturday afternoon were making some think about venturing out of doors.
Hurricane Harvey came ashore as the fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in 13 years and the strongest to strike Texas since 1961’s Hurricane Carla, the most powerful Texas hurricane on record. (Aug. 26)
Media: Associated Press
Some local favorites were opening their doors, like chef Ronnie Killen’s concepts Killen’s STQ, Killen’s Steakhouse, Killen’s Burgers and Killen’s Barbecue. Management said Saturday that they would stay open, weather permitting.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium’s downtown and Sugar Land locations were open for business on Saturday.
Fellow Texans- We will be OPEN and we have tons of BBQ and booze!!! Y’all come take refuge with us and ride this baby out!! pic.twitter.com/MgN2PJBAhT
— Pinkerton’s Barbecue (@PinkertonsBBQ) August 26, 2017
Pinkerton’s Barbecue owner Grant Pinkerton made himself some new fans on Friday after posting a photo from his Heights locations touting barbecue, liquor and air conditioning.
The Houston Food Finder website was keeping an updated list of area eateries that would remain open over the weekend, along with special deals for patrons that make it out.
For some residents it’s a chance to finally try restaurants that might have been harder to get into during better weather conditions.
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Of course it’s of utmost importance to not get stuck out in flooding if it can be avoided. Exercise caution if you do decide to visit your favorite bars and restaurants and call ahead if there are any questions.
Don’t get stuck in high water for a margarita and nachos, Houston.
For the latest, see rolling updates of our ongoing Hurricane Harvey coverage.