A List of Austin Restaurants Providing Meals and Discounts to Service Industry Workers


As service industry workers face mass furloughs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Austin restaurants are stepping up to provide free or discounted meals for their brethren.

From forthcoming restaurant Vic and Al’s transforming into a community kitchen to neighborhood coffee shop Flightpath Coffeehouse offering groceries at-cost to the unemployed, restaurants are finding creative ways to support members of the service industry.

A running list of restaurant programs is below. Did Eater miss a food-related program for service industry workers? Let us know through the tipline or email at austin@eater.com.

  • Austin Eastciders: The local cider company is offering 25 percent off six-packs of cider for service industry. (979 Springdale Road, East Austin)
  • Aviary Wine + Kitchen: South Lamar’s quirky wine bar has sack lunches for service industry workers for $2.13 (minimum wage for tipped workers). The lunches include a charcuterie sandwich, dessert, and a bottle of wine, with all tips going to Aviary staff. Order online or call (512) 916-4445. (2110 South Lamar Boulevard, South Lamar)
  • Baton Creole: For a $10 donation, the Cajun food truck will provide a plate of food (with sides) for health care or hospitality worker — either a specific person, or someone in need. (1016 East Sixth Street, East Sixth)
  • Contigo: The ranch restaurant provides dinner for their staff every day, with the option for customers to support this effort when ordering online. (2027 Anchor Lane, MLK)
  • Cruzteca Mexican Kitchen: The Sunset Valley Mexican restaurant is offering 50 percent off to-go orders for service industry workers. Call (512) 291-7726 or order online. (5207 Brodie Lane, Sunset Valley)
  • Flightpath Coffeehouse: The North Loop coffeehouse is operating a small grocery store of fresh produce and essentials that are offered at-cost to those who have lost their jobs. (5011 Duval Street, North Loop)
  • Gourmands: In addition to feeding seniors at a nearby retirement community, the Webberville pub is providing free meals for furloughed neighbors. Community members can also donate to the cause. (2316 Webberville Road, East Austin)
  • Old Thousand: The East Austin Chinese-American restaurant provides 20 meals daily to service industry workers. Email brendan@oldthousandatx.com to sign up. (1000 East 11th Street, Central East Austin)
  • Parkside Projects: The restaurant group that includes Parkside, Backspace, Olive & June, Vamonos, and Jugo offers family-style to-go menus that are free for their employees and half-price for hospitality workers.
  • Pizzeria Grata: South Austin’s Italian-pizzeria-in-a-gas-station is offering 50 percent off pizzas for service industry (and health care) workers. Grata also has a pay-it-forward program (an extension of a regular program, but now focused on industry workers) to donate meals. Order online or through DoorDash, Favor, or Uber Eats. (4415 Menchaca, South Austin)
  • Plow Burger: The vegan burger truck with locations at Buzz Mill Coffee on East Riverside and Hyde Park is offering 20 percent discounts for service industry folks.
  • Quality Seafood Market: The longstanding restaurant and seafood market is offering a 20 percent discount to service workers, including to-go crawfish. (5621 Airport Boulevard, North Loop)
  • Soup Peddler: All locations of the soup and smoothie spot are still open, and offering a 20 percent discount to service industry workers.
  • Tso Chinese: The Asian food delivery service is offering free family meals to anyone displaced by COVID-19 every Saturday and Sunday during the month of April at their location in Arbor Crossing. Community members can support the program via GoFundMe or Venmo. (9333 Research Boulevard, North Austin)
  • Vic and Al’s: The soon-to-open Cajun restaurant from the Patrizi’s family has been serving 50 to 100 meals a week via a community kitchen open for the duration of COVID-19, which will provide a free meal to anyone who needs it. Sign-ups for the week open on Sundays. (2406 Manor Road, Cherrywood)

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