AUSTIN (KXAN) - A petition started and signed by many neighbors in the Brentwood neighborhood will attempt to block Little Woodrow's from opening a location on Burnet Road.
"It doesn't belong in such close proximity," said Barbara McArthur, the woman who is spearheading the opposition to the restaurant and bar that has locations across Austin and Texas.
Woodrow's wants to move in to the old Nelson Puett Real Estate building at 5425 Burnet Road, just south of Koenig Lane.
That is in an area referred to as "Lo-Burn" after a recent boon in business which included new restaurants, shops, and places to live.
But the idea of a new bar with an open patio that stays open until 2am is more than some neighbors like Brian Jewell are ready to welcome.
"The parking is horrendous for this project," said Jewell. "There is little parking in the parking lot and where are they going to park? Up and down the residential street."
The building backs up to Clay Avenue, a residential road and that proximity is what
makes the situation different than that of Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, which sits directly across Burnet Road.
"Ginny's is a super quiet business," said Barbara.
The city council passed the first reading of the zoning ordinance that would allow Little Woodrow's to operate out of the building, however, the vote was split 4-2 with Kathy Tovo and Laura Morrison casting objecting votes.
Barbara says she does not object to new business in the building, only the type of business.
"We would love to have (Woodrow's owner) Mr. Engel bring Austin Java (another business he owns), but we feel it is too close to our homes for a bar."
The council is expected to discuss the issue again on January 31 st.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
As the Austin area prepares itself for an impending winter storm on Friday, Dec. 6, many schools have already announced delays.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.