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The East Downtown Management District (EDMD) is currently preparing the new 2012-2016 Five-Year Service and Improvement and Assessment Plan, which sets forth a vision, goals to be achieved, services to be rendered, and improvements to be made in support of the property owners of EaDo. The current plan, supported in 2006 by the District property owners through a petition process, will end December 31, 2011. Substantial residential development, the announcement of the construction of the Dynamo Stadium, growing arts and entertainment destinations, the development of METRO Light Rail, and other increases in activity mean additional responsibility placed on the EDMD to properly manage the EaDo District's public spaces. The draft 2012-2016 Plan addresses these needs and continues the EDMD's role as an active and engaged leader in EaDo's operations and redevelopment, and also positions the EDMD as a partner with other private and public sector interests and jurisdictions.

We invite you to a service plan review meeting scheduled especially for stakeholders (property owners, tenants and residents) to give you an opportunity to share your thoughts. Please join us!

EaDo District Public Assembly
Stakeholder Comment on Service Plan

Thursday, October 14th
6:30 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. Service Plan Review
LOFTS AT THE BALLPARK
610 St. Emanuel St.
713.224.7770
Please use the parking lot just south of the Lofts

To read a draft of the service plan, click here.

As many people already know, the 784 acres that makes up EaDo has an incredibly diverse selection of restaurants! A few Asian restaurants born of Old Chinatown remain, but the neighborhood is also rife with burgers, po-boys, BBQ, bakeries, taco stands, and more! Let's take a look at just a handful of the delicious options in EaDo:

District 7 Grill – Forward-thinking but familiar fare fills this popular lunch-only, weekday eatery on Hutchins Street, as one of the newer additions to EaDo. Burgers, sandwiches, salads, and pastas are available in a variety of flavors, plus flatbread sandwiches and flatbread pizzas hand-made with Tandoori Naan bread, and 4 versions of their "Famous District Muffalettas." District 7 Grill is open Mon.-Fri. from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.district7grill.com or stop by 1508 Hutchins during the week.

Brothers Taco House – Many say that their breakfast and lunch tacos are the best in town! With homemade flour tortillas, a "make as you wait" policy, larger than usual servings, and price-tags set to satisfy the most frugal patrons, there's usually a line out the front door. Brothers Taco House is at 1604 Dowling St. and is open 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon-Fri, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat. and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays.

Sparkles Hamburger Spot – Home to what the Houston Press named Houston's "Best Milkshake," Sparkles serves up burgers (with toppings like cheese, chili, jalapenos, and hickory sauce), hand-cut fries, hand-battered onion rings, and other tasty options, like waffles with chicken wings or pork chops. Look for the bright, sparkly blue building at 1515 Dowling St. You can't miss it!

Champburger – Sparkles is not the only game in town, as Champburger's legions of fans will tell you! Since 1963, these folks have been serving fresh prime ground chuck burgers of all varieties plus sandwiches, hot dogs, salads, milkshakes, and breakfast tacos (look out, Brothers!). Champburger is also known for their "Famous Texas Size Steak Sandwich," so come hungry! Check them out at 304 Sampson St. between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or at www.champburger.net.

Calliope's Po-Boys – With traditional New Orleans fare (the owners are post-Katrina transplants), Calliope's has po-boys, platters, and salads stacked with everything from soft shell crab to oysters, shrimp to catfish, fried chicken to roast beef, and ham, hamburger, and even garden-burger! Check out what Houston Press named the "#1 Place to Eat in EaDo!" Stop by 2130 Jefferson or see www.calliopespoboy.com, or call 713.222.8333 for free downtown delivery!

Huynh – This family-run restaurant serving home-made Vietnamese food has acquired quite a following, thanks to its commitment to fresh ingredients and keen attention to detail. Highlights include fresh stir-fries, soups, pho bowls, rice plates, spring rolls, salads, and much more! The Houston Chronicle listed Huynh in its Top 10 Best New Restaurants of 2009, reporting, "This is Home-style Vietnamese cooking at its best." Find out what all the fuss is about at 912 St. Emanuel from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Mon.-Sat., or visit www.huynhrestauranthouston.com.

Not Jus' Donuts Bakery – Satisfy your sweet tooth with not just donuts but also cakes, pies, cobblers, pound cakes, brownies, cupcakes, cookies, and Big Mamma's Banana Pudding from Not Jus' Donuts Bakery. Menu items are available in smaller and larger sizes with a variety of frosting and cake options, and they make personalized cakes, as well, even offering 3-D replicas (examples on their website include Spongebob Squarepants and an incredibly life-like Crown Royal bottle!). The bakery is open Wednesday-Saturday, only, at 2020 Dowling St. Check them out online at www.notjusdonuts.net.

Cork Soakers Wine Bar – Fairly new to the neighborhood, Cork Soakers is a beautiful venue with a comfortable patio and private room for events, boasting an impressive wine list plus snacks for sampling while sipping. Cheese plates run the gambit from goat to gouda, while meat platters offer smoked duck breast, prosciutto, and salami. Open Sun.-Thurs. from 4 p.m. to Midnight, or Fri. and Sat., 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., at 2024 Rusk or visit www.corksoakershouston.com.

And many more! Click here for a full listing of businesses in EaDo.

On Saturday, October 23, the Houston Dynamo will partner with the EaDo District to hold Greater East End Community Day at Robertson Stadium. As the Dynamo prepare to usher in a new era in 2012 with an east downtown stadium, the organization would like to invite all businesses and residents of the EaDo District to its last home game of the 2010 season. The match against the Seattle Sounders will kick off at 3 p.m. and will be followed by an exclusive opportunity to meet Dynamo players and head coach Dominic Kinnear. Dynamo Chief Operating Officer Chris Canetti will speak about the Dynamo stadium project and the impact it will have on the greater East End district.

As an appreciation of the partnership with EaDo and the East End community, the Dynamo are offering special discounted tickets for the match, including a pass to the post-game event. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. or call Tiffani Simmons at (713) 276-7590.

Calling all ghosts, ghouls, and goblins! Halloween is right around the corner, and EaDo is home to arguably the best, and definitely the largest costume shop in town: Frankel's Costume Company. Frankel's was born in downtown Houston in 1950 when proprietor Morty Frankel, an established business man, opened Morty's Magic Mart. Costumes came later, when Morty's wife Leola started sewing them upon request—beginning with magician attire and expanding to other costumes as the orders came in. The costume inventory grew and business increased, and soon the family needed more space. Thus was born Frankel's Costume Shop, which opened on Fannin Street. In the mid-1970's, the Frankel's son Lonnie and his wife Terrie took the helm, vastly increasing the store's rental costume inventory, and building the largest magic, stage makeup, clown supply, and theatrical supply inventory in the South. In March of 2000, Frankel's again moved, this time for good, to EaDo. The warehouse at 2801 Polk Street is 40,000 square feet, 20,000 of which are the showroom, and occupies an entire city block. Morty Frankel's grandsons Aaron and Eric now run the show, and are gearing up for increased growth for years to come. Today, Frankel's Costume Company boasts the largest selection of Halloween costumes, rental Halloween costumes (60,000+!), magic tricks, ventriloquist dummies, Halloween masks, wigs, stage makeup, and clown supplies in Houston. Frankel's is located at 2801 Polk Street. For the month of October only, their hours are as follows: M-F 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Further, if you go to their website at www.frankelcostume.com and join their e-mailing list, you will receive a 10% off coupon!

On November 6, 2010, EaDo's own Kim Hung Market will host the Green Business & Natural Health Expo! Sponsored by Houston Electric Cars, the East Downtown Management District, Kim Hung Market, and International Dollar Works, this 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. festival will feature live dancing and music performances and vendor booths from companies like Green Mountain Energy and BFI. The Electric Auto Association will give demonstrations on how to convert gasoline engines to electric and electric vehicles will be available for test driving. There will be natural health, fresh produce, jewelry, fashion, community organization, and job booths, plus plenty of free giveaways. Finally, team members from the Houston Dynamo will be on hand to sign autographs, plus, kids will enjoy a moon walk and a Chinese fireworks display! The Expo will be Saturday, November 6th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kim Hung Market at1005 St. Emmanuel. For questions, contact Dale Brooks at brooksdale@usa.net or 832.466.3215 or Terry Hester at idw@terryhester.com or 800.883.9020.

Click for a pdf with more Expo information >

Click for a pdf of Vendor Registration >

Coming soon to St. Emanuel Street is homegrown hotspot Little Woodrow's, making EaDo its 4th location in Houston with an additional 4 in Austin. Little Woodrow's is known for its vast beer selection, and the new location in EaDo is no exception, with 35 beers on tap and over 75 bottled varieties. What makes this location stand out from the rest, though, is the fact that it will be the first one in Houston to have a full liquor permit. It will also have a very large interior space, seating 170 people with an even bigger outdoor patio, large enough for almost 200. Of course, Little Woodrow's will have 42" and 50" plasma TV's throughout the space, with a 120 square foot huge HD screen that they'll roll out for big games! The new location opens at the end of October and is located at St. Emanuel and Rusk Streets. Welcome to the neighborhood, Little Woodrow's! For more information, visit www.littlewoodrows.com.

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 LiveOctober 8 – Alternative folk sensation Devandra Banhart and The Grogs; October 9 – Breakout ensemble folk/rock band Edward Sharpe & The MagneticZeros;  October 16 – Hardcore hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse; October 29 – Critically acclaimed electro-dance/funk/rock duo Ghostland Observatory;   For full monthly calendar, see:
Warehouse Live >

Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex
October 16 - Dance concert with guest performance by Beckles Dancing Company of Dallas; October 17 – A magical evening of Middle Eastern Dance; October 24 – The Dance Gathering – a fast-paced evening of dance works 4 minutes long and under, representing every conceivable genre. For full listings and ticket info, visit
Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex >


Aerosol Warfare Gallery
– check out the 2010 Year-Round Exhibition that's up until 2/1/11
Aerosol Warfare Gallery >


Meridian
October 9 – Pork Dukes and The Shadow; October 22 – Redliners, Chelsea Hotel, The Ghost Storys, Dykes on Bykes, and Koffin Kats. For full Meridian calendar see:
Meridian >


Super Happy Fun Land
October 8 – Death is not a Joyride, Insert Credits, O.U.N.; October 19 – Bogus, Saber Tooth Cavity, The Great View, Cop Warmth, and Papaya; October 28-21 – Spooky Haunted Fright Lair! (A silly haunted house.) For a full calendar, please see:
Super Happy Fun Land >

EaDo Board Meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month, the next being 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at Huynh Restaurant – 912 St. Emanuel St.