The new stadium is a go...right in the heart of EaDo! With a fun groundbreaking celebration planned for Saturday, February 5th, the Houston Dynamo's move to our neighborhood is full steam ahead with construction beginning later this spring and a grand opening planned for April 2012. The official finalization of the stadium's plans has resulted in a wave of exciting media coverage, including a 3-page spread in Houston Business Journal and a feature on the local Fox affiliate, Channel 26 (view video). Be sure to come out to the festivities on Saturday, February 5th from 2-4 PM to celebrate the groundbreaking and our soon-to-be HUGE new neighbor in EaDo!

To view a video, click here.

The Houston Downtown Management District (HDMD) and EaDo are participating in a Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Livable Centers study. The program aims to create walkable, mixed-use locations that provide multi-modal transportation while improving environmental quality and promoting economic development. Click here for an overview of the program.

The study involving HDMD and EaDo encompasses an 11x16-block area bound by Pease, St. Charles, Commerce and Austin Streets that is currently home to major destinations like George R. Brown Convention Center, Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center and Discovery Green. Recent office, residential, retail and entertainment development is underway in the area, in addition to the new Houston Dynamo Stadium, METRO light rail lines and new public spaces, so the Livable Centers study is certainly timely in conjunction with said growth.

EaDo and HDMD invite your participation in developing recommendations that will make our neighborhood a vibrant destination, welcoming business professionals, residents, regional visitors and convention-goers. We currently have public meetings set to gather ideas February 22-24 and another public meeting will be held in May to present recommendations. Please check our Facebook page for updates on meeting days and times from February 22-24.

One of the exciting new additions to EaDo is the brand new location of Little Woodrow's at the corner of Walker and St. Emmanuel, right across the street from Warehouse Live, which just opened for business in January. The outfit's owner, Danny Evans, has been in the business for 20 years this year, and is excited to be a part of the emerging EaDo neighborhood with his first Houston location to offer a full bar, not just wine and beer, plus a huge patio sure to be the go-to spot this spring and summer. Two decades ago, Evans opened his first Little Woodrow's location on Bellaire Boulevard near Weslayan. That bar still stands, and, since then the brand expanded to Upper Kirby, Midtown, and Rice Village in Houston, plus four locations in Austin, proving Evans certainly has his finger on the pulse of where he can successfully set up shop. "EaDo is in the infancy of another entertainment district," explains Evans, "it is a perfect fit for Little Woodrow's. The neighborhood is moving forward! It's exciting!"

Evans says he's enthusiastic about getting involved in the district and plans to be a part of the neighborhood as much as possible. This includes engaging the local sports teams, arts associations, residential groups, and community associations. He also believes Little Woodrow's will settle well into the area as a hangout, especially given the brand's existing identity as such. "We are a big neighborhood bar, so the daily specials we plan to launch in March will engage regular clientele in the neighborhood and beyond with downtown professionals," says Evans. Those specials include Wednesday night Steak Nights, weekend fun and games like "Turtle Racing" (a popular spectator sport using real turtles who live large while not competing in a cushy terrarium in their Midtown location), Friday nights with Houston legend DJ Sun, and drink specials on various nights. In addition to the neighborhood crowd, Little Woodrow's aims to prove the perfect hotspot for pre- and post-concert and sporting events and all but guarantees "something for everyone" with their multiple televisions, expansive patio, and the self-described friendliest bartenders and cocktail waitresses.

Evans was first made aware of the neighborhood ten years ago by a developer, and, at the time, his answer to the question of moving in was, "no thanks." Nine years later, however, about a year ago, his Midtown location's landlord, who also owns the land where his EaDo bar now sits, told him about some available space in the area and he was ready. The new bar has the familiar look of the other Little Woodrow's locations; wooden accents and large wooden booths, various collectibles and signs Evans collects throughout the year, a large deck, over 100 beers with 35 on tap, and a handful of popular games like Golden Tee. What's unique to this location is a full bar offering, which is new to the Little Woodrow's brand in Houston. Another interesting offering is A/V capabilities for presentations, an amenity he aims to promote to convention planners at George R. Brown seeking unconventional meeting and mixer space associated with activities at the Convention Center.

No doubt, Little Woodrow's moving into EaDo is a very positive sign that the hard work of the local business owners, residents, community leaders, and district management is paying off. When asked what has most surprised him about his new venture in the neighborhood, Evans smiles and answers, "The most exciting thing I've experienced so far is the buzz I've heard in the restaurant and bar industry about what the area may become. We are happy to be here, we're excited about the future, and we really strive to be a part of our new neighborhood. Heck, we even have a 24/7 Lone Star draft special for $2 a pint, so hopefully everyone will feel welcome to stop by anytime." For more information about Little Woodrow's, please visit www.littlewoodrows.com.

Texas' largest canoe and kayak race starts on Buffalo Bayou at San Felipe and Voss and ends downtown in Sesquicentennial Park, just adjacent to the Wortham Theatre. A fun celebration with food, drinks, and live music will ensue at the finishing line. For more information on participating in, sponsoring, viewing or attending the 15 mile race, please visit www.buffalobayou.org.

Celebrate Valentine's Day with your sweetie in style on Saturday, February 12th at Corksoakers in EaDo! This cozy spot's special menu features four sophisticated courses with perfect wine pairings, offering diners decadent dishes like Jumbo Lump Crab Bisque, Seared Beef Tenderloin Medallions, Potato Crusted Chilean Seabass, and White Chocolate Mousse, all for just $75 per person. Make reservations by calling 713.222.CORK or emailing tharen@corksoakershouston.com. To see the full Valentine's Day menu, please click here:

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 LiveFebruary 3 – Canadian indie act Tokyo Police Club; February 8 – Waka Winter Classic, a regional talent showcase where several local bands will compete; February 11 – Monster Metal Showcase featuring rock and metal bands; February 19 – Swedish hitmaker Robyn; For full listing visit:
Warehouse Live >

Super Happy Fun Land
– SHFL has live shows on February 3rd, 5th, 8th, 12th, 15th, 18th, and 28th, featuring a long roster of local and regional talent way too long to recap here!  Check their website for constant updates. For full listings, visit
Super Happy Fun Land >

Lucky's Pub
February 5 – Ultimate Fighting Champion 126 Viewing Party; February 6 – "Houston's Biggest & Best Super Bowl Viewing Party + Annual Cornhole Bowl (beanbags) starting at noon; February 24-26 – Free Lucky's Shuttle to METRO Light Rail line for Houston Rodeo BBQ Cookoff and concerts.  Park at Lucky's for free and ride to the Light Rail for free!  For more information, visit Lucky's Pub >

EaDo Board Meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month, the next being 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 8, 2010 at Huynh Restaurant – 912 St. Emanuel St.