The density of alcohol locations along Burnet Road may go up by one in 2013 if the owner of Little Woodrow’s has his way. Little Woodrow’s, a neighborhood bar and restaurant, is seeking a zoning variance and conditional use permit to open a fifth
location in North Austin at 5425 Burnet Road (formerly Nelson Puett Real Estate), located across Burnet Rd from Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon. Owner Rick Engel and his consultant Alice Glasco made a presentation to the Allandale Neighborhood Association’s (ANA) Executive Committee at its November meeting. The property which is on the east side of Burnet Rd is actually in the Brentwood neighborhood. Mr. Engle has already had a number of discussions with Brentwood about his plans for opening another Little Woodrow’s there.
The purpose of his visit to the ANA’s meeting was to introduce himself, show renderings of the proposed bar
(see photo), and hear from Allandale about any concerns it might have. Mr. Engel said he has been running bars and restaurants in Austin since 1998 and has a lot of experience working with neighborhoods. There are currently four Little Woodrow’s in Austin and five in Houston. He is also the owner of Austin Java, Uncle Billy’s downtown, and Ski Shores Cafe on Lake Austin.
Little Woodrow’s website promotes “a laid-back atmosphere with a variety of beers, huge patios, television and live entertainment.” Nearby residents and the Brentwood Neighborhoods Association have expressed concerns about the potential noise, traffic and parking problems. Rick assured the Allandale EC it will meet the City’s on-site parking requirements. He is also in discussion with the adjacent Next-to-New store to handle spillover parking during after-hours. Neighbors are concerned the spillover parking will occur on neighborhood streets.
The bar will have approximately 75 to 100 indoor seats and another 20 or 30 seats outdoors. While Little Woodrow’s will be permitted to remain open until 2:00 a.m. every night, Rick said the hours will be determined by demand. Based on the patterns of his other locations, it is not likely it will be open that late every night.
In addition to parking and traffic problems, neighbors are concerned about noise generated from the amplified music, outdoor televisions and people walking to their cars at night after leaving.
Provided he is successful in getting the necessary permits, Rick said they are probably another six months out from opening up. At the time of this writing, he had already gone through the Planning Commission stage. The project is on the City Council’s December 13th agenda. The Allandale EC took no action on the matter at the November meeting.