Each 3rd Friday of the month, a group of folks interested in networking meet for a group bike ride and social. It costs nothing and all are welcome, so check it out! This month's Biking for Business is Friday, April 15th. Bikers will meet for a bike ride from 3 PM, followed by the social at 4 PM. To join the bike ride, meet at the corner of 2205 McKinney (Herrin Lofts) and Hutchins to ride along the Columbia Tap Bike & Hike Trail. The social afterward will be at Little Woodrow's on St. Emanuel & Walker. For further pertinent info, click here for the attached flier!

Yvonne Boustany and Zach Hunt have overseen operations at their graphic design company, Crisp & Raw, for the past few years. Their move into EaDo, however, marks an advance in their identity as they now occupy a super-cool space perfect for fermenting artistic fodder and holding fabulous events, as well! Crisp & Raw's new headquarters at 1121 Delano is sometimes a studio, sometimes a lab (the science kind, not the retriever kind) and will soon be an event space available to the discerning from the neighborhood and beyond. The Crisp & Raw team operates under the titles "brand stylists," "marketing collateral fabricators," "makers of fine art," and soon, "creators of furniture," made from recycled and reclaimed materials. They take their work seriously but are excited about their new status as EaDo inhabitants, so feel free to contact them to welcome them to the area or for graphic design services. They're open to both!

About the space: as it was originally the Isaacson Chain & Belting Co. Inc., the 3400 sq. ft. warehouse has appropriately maintained its stark, but linear, industrial feel. But it now also offers the comforts of a commercial kitchen and interior courtyard and boasts a sophisticated vibe with cement floors, glass (sometimes retractable) walls, and contemporary art throughout. It's well suited for private dinners or cocktail parties for a guest list from as few as 4 to as many as 150 people! Event bookings are available as of this month. Please visit www.crispandraw.com for more information.

Speaking of event spaces, there are so many amazing venues available for special occasions large and small in EaDo. Folks seeking an "out of the box" event experience near all of the amenities of downtown need look no further than east of downtown, where a variety of interesting venues are available.

Warehouse Live – Warehouse Live is known for being one of the city's most popular concert venues, but it's also a great space for private events with two separate rooms for varying crowd sizes. The larger space is called The Ballroom and accommodates 1,500 for standing room only, 1,200 for cocktail events, and can handle up to 250 people for a seated dinner. The stark space is a blank canvas for event planners and can be transformed into almost anything imaginable! The Studio, which is adjacent to The Ballroom, is a more intimate atmosphere with standing room for 350, space for 200 for cocktail parties, and can hold up to 100 for a seated dinner. Both rooms have ample stage space and built in bars and are perfect for birthdays, meetings and seminars, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, galas, and much more! For more information, visit www.warehouselive.com.

Little Woodrow's – Little Woodrow's means big fun for private events for as few as 5 to as many as a few hundred people! Their recently opened room in EaDo boasts ample space inside and a massive deck outside (can we say crawfish boil?) with flat-screen TV's throughout, making Little Woodrow's the perfect place for sports-centric events. The bar's huge indoor projection screen makes it a great spot for not-so-stuffy corporate meetings, as well. Visit www.littlewoodrows.com for more information.

Lucky's Pub – Lucky's has a variety of vignettes for large and small events, all of which feature projection screens, full a/v connections, Wii, Xbox, and Wi-Fi! Options include: The Loft – an intimate private room that overlooks the main bar and seats up to 30 guests; The Front Porch – an indoor/outdoor room with a capacity of up to 55 people; The Lucky Room – a back-of-the-bar room with direct bar service, shuffleboard, and a pool table that holds up to 150 guests; The Lounge – a secluded room with couches and booth seating that can hold from 25 to 70 guests; and The Main Room - the biggest space featuring a bandstand large enough for a 7 piece band, a video arcade, a pool table, dart boards, and enough room for 300 guests. Lucky's Pub has a full kitchen and executive chef on site, which makes it a great place to hold luncheons, dinners, happy hours, buffets, concerts, birthday parties, and much more! Check out Lucky's room descriptions, catering and bar service menus, and handy online booking form at www.luckyspub.com.

Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex – Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex is a 7200 sq. ft. facility housing 3 fully equipped dance studios and a 120 seat theatrical performance venue. It is managed and operated by Suchu, Inc., the nonprofit parent organization of Suchu Dance, Houston's award winning contemporary dance theatre company, and is where Suchu and other dance organizations practice and perform, in addition to offering contemporary dance/movement classes to the public. The Barnevelder facility is available for rent for private events, however, and boasts a kitchen and reception areas, plus reasonable hourly and flat rates. Find more information at www.barnevelder.org.

Cork Soakers – Cork Soakers wine bar offers a sophisticated space for smaller affairs like birthday parties, bachelorette fetes, showers, and happy hours. The knowledgeable staff will assist people planning events with selecting wines for the party and can customize catering menus, as well! The space has a private wine room that seats up to 14 or the whole place can be rented out for seated groups of up to 60 and more for cocktail parties. Learn more about Cork Soakers at www.corksoakershouston.com, where you'll also find their online event request form.

Aerosol Warfare Gallery – Not just a studio and gallery, Aerosol Warfare is also a raw, edgy space available for rent for private parties! With sleek cement floors and graffiti covered walls, this space is the perfect palate for small to medium sized urban events. Further, GONZO247 and the artists of AWG are performance art aficionados available for hire for live art services at events elsewhere. They will literally create paintings and murals while a party is going on…how cool is that? Learn more by contacting Gonzo at gonzo247@gmail.com or visiting www.aerosolwarfare.com.

Most folks who have operated in or around EaDo, the East End, and the University of Houston area for the last three and a half decades are well aware of Mandola's Deli on Leeland Street and the daily deliciousness that flies from its kitchen. A neighborhood institution, Mandola's has been serving up and catering amazing Italian fare in the same tried and true manner for years, with omnipresent owner Frank Mandola at the helm, greeting customers, overseeing operations, and smiling from behind the cash register. The Deli's footprint and interior have remained relatively unchanged since 1975, save for an ever-growing collection of U of H memorabilia and family photos reflective of the histories of the nearby university and the restaurant itself. But evolution is inevitable and many great institutions enjoy a renaissance from time to time; such is the case on Leeland Street these days. Frank's son Joseph has now joined the family business, after graduating from the Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management at U of H, and big changes are afoot. "We are serving dinner after a 35 year drought!" Joseph exclaims with a laugh, listing additional recent improvements like a new outdoor patio, updated appetizer options, and TV's throughout the space for game watching. Perhaps the biggest difference at the new and improved Mandola's Deli is the addition of a wine and beer license, allowing it to offer guests four Saint Arnold beers on tap, a variety of bottled Texas beers, and a formidable wine list! Regulars need not fret, however—the restaurant's traditional fan favorites, like its famous lasagna and Italian po-boys, are all still safely intact on the menu. Stop by and say, "Hi" to Frank, Joseph, and the rest of the crew on Monday through Thursday from 10 AM to 10 PM, Friday from 10 AM until at least 10 PM (they'll stay open as long as they're busy!) and Saturday from 11 AM to at least 10 PM (ditto). For more information on Mandola's Deli, visit www.mandolasdeli.com call 713.223.5186, or "like" it on Facebook.

For the first time in Houston, Yelp is introducing YELP DRINKS, a several day chance to enjoy creative cocktails, cold beers and delicious vino at some of Houston's hottest restaurants and bars, including Cork Soakers Wine Bar and Lucky's Pub in EaDo! All participating locations will feature 3 special beverages for 50% off all day, every day, throughout the promotion. Cork Soakers is offering Clean Slate Riesling for $3.50 (regularly $7), Greg Norman Petit Sirah for $4.50 (regularly $9), and Temptation Zinfandel for $4.50 (regularly $9). Lucky's Pub is offering Saint Arnold Spring Bock for $2.25 (regularly $4.50), Jager Barrels for $3.75 (regularly $7.50) and Green Skittles (shot) for $3.75 (regularly $7.50. YELP DRINKS Houston will run from April 4th through April 10th. For more info and a full list of participating businesses, visit www.yelp.com/events/houston-yelp-drinks.

Each month, we cover highlights of what's happening in EaDo, and we link to the full calendars of the area's various venues.  If your venue is not listed and you'd like for it to be, please contact us at info@eadohouston.com.

Warehouse LiveApril 14 – NOLA favorite Rebirth Brass Band; April 15 – 90's alt-rock band originally from Ft. Worth, The Toadies; April 19 – Stephen Marley, son of reggae grandfather Bob Marley; April 23 – 80's new wave/punk group The Psychedelic Furs; April 24 – American "noise-pop" duo Sleigh Bells with CSS. For full listing visit:
Warehouse Live >

Super Happy Fun Land
– SHFL has live shows throughout the month of April – check for full listings at
Super Happy Fun Land >

Little Woodrow's
Little Woodrow's invites everyone in EaDo every night of the week to enjoy their nightly specials! The specials are as follows: Monday – TX Beer & Movie night; Tuesday – Big Ass Beers and Geeks Who Drink Trivia Contest; Wednesday – Ladies Night and Steak Night; Thursday – Happy Hour ‘til 9 PM; Friday – DJ night; Saturday – 11 AM – 4 PM $3 Bloody Marys, Blue Moon, Micheladas and Mimosas; Sunday – Draftmania with draft specials. For more details see
Little Woodrow's

Lucky's Pub
Astros Opening Day Festival on April 8th featuring 4 bands & DJ's, Drink Specials, Crawfish & Crawdogs, and Rod Ryan of 94.5 The Buzz broadcasting live!
Lucky's Pub

EaDo Board Meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month, the next being 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at Huynh Restaurant – 912 St. Emanuel St.