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What’s happening this week: George Foreman to be Grand Marshall at the MLK Day Parade, Urban Axes to open a location in EaDo, local neighborhood restaurants make Thrillist’s list of The 21 Best Vietnamese Restaurants, and 8th Wonder expands their menu to include whiskey and rum.
Texas native and boxing legend George Foreman will serve as Grand Marshall at this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade. Foreman grew up in Houston’s Fifth Ward and continues to be an active member in the community establishing the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in northeast Houston and establishing the George Foreman Youth and Community Center (GYFC) to help underprivileged kids stay out of trouble.
The parade will begin at the intersection of Smith and Lamar Street on Monday, January 20 at 10 a.m.
EaDo’s Huynh Restaurant and Cafe TH make Thrillist’s list of The 21 Best Vietnamese Restaurants in Houston. They highlight a few of the restaurant’s most popular dishes including Huynh Restaurant’s bun bo hue spicy beef noodle soup and Cafe TH’s incomparable vegan curry.
After opening its doors in December of 2019 in Sawyer Heights, Urban Axes plans to expand with a new location in EaDo on Polk Street this spring. As the name suggests, it involves ax throwing, which co-owner Matthew Paton describes as an activity anyone can enjoy no matter the level of experience. In other words, you don’t have to be an “axe-pert” to participate.
8th Wonder Distillery is expanding their spirits selection to include whiskey (created offsite, but finished at the distillery) and a signature rum. This updated portfolio “aims to make its EaDo tasting room a social drinking destination on par with its massively popular older sibling across the street.”
Taking advantage of the street closures on Sunday, January 19, The EaDo Bike Co. is hosting the Houston Marathon Crash event which begins at 4 a.m. before the actual Houston Marathon. Bring helmets and lights. Registration starts at…3 a.m.
The Secret Group is hosting an Emo/Indie/Punk dance party on January 24. The party begins at 9 p.m. with music from DJ Robocops who will play the classics: Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, and more. The event is free for ages 21 and up before 11 p.m. and $10 for 18 and up.
Come celebrate the Year of the Rat with Teen How Taoist Temple on January 24. The Lunar New Year is a widely celebrated holiday where the new year is based on a traditional Chinese calendar guided by moon cycles. The festivities begin at 9 a.m. and will include rituals and merriment to foster good luck into the new year.