Hurricane Harvey

Downhouse Opens Providing Escape From The Disaster Of Harvey

Harvey continues to menace Houston, but a local restaurant is opening its doors to provide a release from weather stress.

Down House in the Houston Heights is among the businesses open today, despite widespread flooding across Greater Houston.

Sarah Hinkle is manager of their partner store, D&T Drive Inn, and she came in to work the counter at Down House today, which is serving a limited menu. She told Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin they decided to open to give residents some reprieve from the weather.

“Just to be here for people in the neighborhood who needed to get out of their homes,” Hinkle said. “The Heights, because of some of the bayous, has kind of been an island the last few days. And since we’re in that island — and a few of us live in that island who could get here — we wanted to be here.”

The restaurant is also serving as a drop-off point for people to deliver donations of food and supplies.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He...

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