Austin Restaurant Discounts During the Government Shutdown

Helping federal workers caught in the political crossfire

With the government shutdown dragging on into the second pay period, federal workers and employees of companies contracted by the government are struggling to make ends meet. Many are reportedly even pulling extra shifts driving Ubers and picking up Seamless deliveries.

As the situation becomes more and more grave, a number of Austin restaurants are stepping up to help out, offering federal employees free and/or discounted meals until the shutdown ends.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar (Photo by John Anderson)

On Wed., January 23, all Hopdoddy locations will offer workers with a Federal government ID a free meal, including a burger, regular fries and a non-alcoholic beverage. For the remainder of the shutdown, workers will get 25% off their order total upon presentation of a government ID. The Austin-based burger chain has a total of 31 locations in seven states.

Punch Bowl Social is offering a 25% discount on all food, beverages, and games to any federal government employee until the shutdown is over, including discounts on happy hour, brunch, and daily specials.

San Antonio-based Bakery Lorraine is offering a free coffee and breakfast pastry to all furloughed employees who have been impacted by the government shutdown upon presentation of a government ID at all of their San Antonio and Austin locations. Named one of the best new bakeries in the U.S. by Food & Wine and CNN’s Eatocracy blog, the bakery will be offering the deal to federal government employees all day, every day until the shutdown ends.

Update: Circle Brewing Co. is giving a complimentary beer to anyone whose pay has been affected by the government shutdown in the taproom. Just need to show a government issued ID.

[Editor’s note: We will update this post with more offerings if this situation persists.]

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