Not all neighbors are welcoming plans to open a new Little Woodrow’s bar in their Central Austin neighbor.
In terms of customers, the plot of land off Burnet Road, just south of Koenig Lane, is perfect. But some neighbors, including Brian Jewell, are raising concerns.
"We don't think this is well thought-out," he said.
The vacant building that could become the new Little Woodrow’s is just across the street from established watering hole Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon.
Once a real estate office, it’s clear that the building’s days in the property business are long gone. Jewell says despite the building's need for new tenants, his neighborhood vows to keep Little Woodrow’s away.
"It's just not in the best interest of a neighborhood that the city still wants to see vibrant in its central core," he said.
Little Woodrow's Co-Owner Rick Engel envisions the new bar as more of a neighborhood spot than its other locations. He's been meeting with neighbors since first considering the site more than a year ago.
"I would think it's more important to have a responsible bar owner than it is to have anything else," Engel said.
Engel admits parking is not ideal, but the new apartments popping up in the neighborhood would provide the ideal customer base within walking distance.
"We expect most of our patrons coming actually walking or biking. I think you are going to see that more and more in the Burnet Road corridor," Engel said.
That falls right in line with the goals of Imagine Austin—where Austinites can find everything they need within walking distance.
Despite the reassurances, Jewell thinks bar owners should look to vacant space in strip malls and other properties already zoned to serve liquor.
"Give us a chance to keep the fabric of our neighborhood being positively developed instead of fray," he said.
Little Woodrow's is on next week's City Council agenda, but city planners say it may be postponed until the end of the month.