Although the government has shut down all non-essential businesses to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic, essential businesses have had to adjust to the restrictions.
Food services have been established as essential and local eateries have been allowed to keep their doors open, albeit only for pickup or delivery.
Huddle House in Sealy took early precautions and shut down for two weeks at the onset of the virus spreading but recently offered free breakfast last Sunday morning ahead of reopening for business, giving away $1,395 worth of food to 102 families.
Moving forward, Sunny Panjwani, owner and operator of the Sealy Huddle House, said he wants to take it one step further and will continue offering free breakfast to community members every day between 8 and 10 a.m.
“We want those most affected by this situation, to benefit the most,” Panjwani said.
He spoke of those relying on schools or other places for their meals that are now shut down and wanting to provide the service to those most in need.
“We want to do whatever we need to in order to help the community,” he said. “Our hearts go out to everyone on the front lines doing their best to keep us safe.”
Mesquite Mexican Grill has also had to adjust to the to-go and delivery options while owner/manager Maria Melesio makes do with limited staff.
“It is very bad because not every one of the employees are working,” she said in between running orders Friday afternoon. “(Nathalia Avila) was off last week and came today but a lot of people stay at home today, not everyone is working all the time.”
“I’ve only worked two times since the whole pandemic started,” said Avila. “Today (Friday) is the only day we’ve had four to-go orders in total so that’s getting a little bit better.”
After she said that a pair of trucks pulled up to place an order and were more than happy to support local businesses.
Jackie Hanson of Cat Spring, a former Houston firefighter of 32 years, understands the need to shut things down and Bill Bay of Donnelly-Bay Insurance added that “I’d much rather be inside, but hopefully this is all over soon.”
In the meantime, Mesquite has added alcoholic beverages to its delivery and to-go options and looks forward to seeing more locals supporting locals.
“Just all come together and support local businesses because without them, where are we going to be in a small town?” posed Melesio.
Below is a partial list of businesses to show which are open, which are closed and which are operating on an alternate schedule; report any other updated hours to email@example.com.
Cast Iron Winery:
Curbside pickup available every day, order online or text your order to (805) 259-7156.
Free delivery also available with certain limits per distance; Up to 30 min away, includes Katy- 2 bottle minimum. Up to 1 Hour- 6 bottle minimum. Up to 2 Hours- case minimum. Menu and virtual tasting available at https://cast-iron-winery.square.site/
Creekmore's Sports Bar and Grill:
Taking phone-in orders for to-go steaks. The orders require a credit card for payment. The phone-in orders will begin at 6:30 just as in-person orders. The bar phone number is 979-885-7237.
3797 Highway 36 South Sealy, Texas 77474
Sealy Dairy Queen:
Inside dining closed, drive-thru open Sunday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. as well as Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
1902 Meyer Street Sealy, TX 77474 (979) 885-3592
Ermis Double E Grocery:
Available for To-Go Curbside & Delivery. In addition, pre-uncooked fresh meals: Wed & Thurs 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Fri & Sat 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sun 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
10108 FM 1458 Frydek, TX 77474 (979) 885-6556
Herrera's Mexican Grill #2:
Open for To-Go Orders Only from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. Alcohol can only be purchased with food (some restrictions apply.
1701 HWY 90 West, Sealy (979) 627-9266
Kathy's Korner, LLC
Available for to-go orders and drive-thru from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Seafood, wine and convenience store are continuing full service.
9027 SE I-10 Frontage Rd Sealy, TX 77474 (979) 987-6077 Store; (979) 987 6082 Restaurant
Amended hours: Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Either call in an order or just pull up to the curb and they will come to your car. Deliveries are available Monday through Saturday within the Sealy city limits if you place your order by 6:30 p.m. (979) 627-7480
Prasek's Family Smokehouse:
Available for carry-out from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
2949 SW I-10 Frontage Rd Sealy, TX 77474 (979) 627-6027
Closed per CDC directives. Every Tuesday night after 3:00 pm call in your order for steaks, beer, cocktails and soda to go & pick up curbside between 6 and 8 p.m.
San Juan Meat Market & Taqueria:
They are open during regular business hours, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., for carryout orders.
Closed until further notice but developing a food truck option.
Store manager Mary De Leon announced Tuesday evening that the Sealy Starbucks "will be closing on Thursday for a few weeks," she said. "Starbucks is allowing our partners (employees) to stay home and be safe if they choose to and we want to support those decisions. I’m believing that we will be able to reopen in a couple of weeks and get back to serving the community like we love to do.
"Also wanted to post that if you need any coffee donated for first responders please call the store we will be happy to get that together for you," she said. "We are here to support the community in any way that we can."
2013 S. Meyer Street, Sealy, TX 77474 (979) 627-7999
Studio Blend Gallery & Coffee Shop:
Annette Smith is following CDC directives and will remain closed until early summer.
Tony's Family Restaurant:
Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for take-out orders only.
1629 Meyer St Sealy, Texas 77474 979-885-4140 OR 979-885-3257
Drive-thru open 24 hours, curbside pickup also available.
2013 Hwy 36 S Sealy, TX 77474 (979) 885-4101