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H-E-B carts out to-go meals from San Antonio restaurants closed due to COVID-19

H-E-B selling meals from San Antonio restaurants closed to COVID-19

H-E-B Max and Louie's display
All proceeds go directly to the restaurants.  Photo courtesy of H-E-B

Grocery chain H-E-B is carting out a new way for restaurants in San Antonio to fire up business during the economically crippling coronavirus pandemic.

As part of a pilot program, certain H-E-B stores are selling prepared meals from two restaurants in the San Antonio area: Max and Louie’s New York Diner and Rosario’s Mexican Cafe Y Cantina. All proceeds from the sale of these meals will be handed over to the restaurants, H-E-B said April 3.

For now, the pilot program has filled all of its restaurant allotments, H-E-B spokeswoman Dya Campos says. “We might be looking for more opportunities for partnerships in the future,” she tells CultureMap.

Meals from Max and Louie’s New York Diner are available at four H-E-B stores:

  • 1150 N. Loop 1604 West in North San Antonio
  • 9238 N. Loop 1604 West in Northwest San Antonio
  • 8503 N.W. Military Hwy. in Northwest San Antonio
  • 15000 San Pedro Ave. in North San Antonio

Starting April 9, meals from Rosario’s Mexican Cafe Y Cantina will be available at these four H-E-B stores:

  • 999 E. Basse Rd. in North San Antonio
  • 12777 W. I-10 in Northwest San Antonio
  • 8503 N.W. Military Hwy. in Northwest San Antonio
  • 9900 Wurzbach Rd. in Northwest San Antonio

In the Austin area, the only restaurant participating in the program is Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon. The restaurant’s meals are available at six H-E-B stores in the Capital City.

“We are incredibly grateful for the team at H-E-B and how they have rallied to support their fellow Texans and local restaurants,” Margaret Vera, co-owner of Fresa’s, tells CultureMap. “We are honored to be part of their pilot program.”

H-E-B stores in the Houston area also are participating in the restaurant meal program.