The Near Northside Gastropub, Edison, has been making mouths water since first opening their doors last November. With dishes like grilled gulf snapper for $16 and duck and pancakes for $14, they grabbed us by the taste-buds right from the start.
They have also recently been making headlines for gaining the attention of a Los Angeles based company who claims to own the rights to the name and visage of the famous inventor. Edison Houston said, “That’s okay, LA, a rose by any other name.”
But now they are making a difference. During the entire month of September, Edison will be donating a portion of all net proceeds to one great local charity. If you’ve ever visited OKRA you understand the concept of a charity bar. Building on this idea, Edison is kicking off their support of small, local non-profits by benefitting LEAD (Letting Everyone Achieve Dreams), a mentorship program that works with Houston’s most at-risk middle-school students.
LEAD helps prepare students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade for high school and beyond through character curriculum, one-to-one mentorship, service projects, and summer adventure trips. Their hands-on, in-the-schools approach to mentorship may be a little bit radical, but it is working. Since the program’s beginning in 2005, 100% of LEAD students have graduated high school, 90% have gone on to college, and 95% of those graduated from 4-year universities—MIT and Johns Hopkins both making that list.
Unfortunately, many of the families served by LEAD have been negatively impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and some of them tragically so. Right now, the program is helping those within their community by providing relief supply kits containing cleaning supplies, personal care items, bottled water, and home goods. They are even assisting with appropriate referrals and direct costs associated with property loss and repair.
These families are some of the most hard-hit, and with the fewest available resources for help with recovery. Additionally, with school starting in a few days many of them are still struggling to purchase supplies and uniforms. They need our help now.
If you have already been to Edison, then you know the kind of amazing food they are turning out. You also know the creativity that goes on behind the bar—inventive concoctions such as an old fashioned made with tequila blanco instead of whiskey, and a Texas beer selection as great as this state.
If you haven’t yet been to Edison, then now is your chance. A short drive from The Heights, sitting on the corner of Edison & Patton, and boasting a beautiful outdoor patio, their goal is to help re-define the neighborhood bar.
Edison is hosting a special Happy Hour in honor of LEAD on Friday, September 15th from 4-6 pm. Specialty cocktails, appetizers, and great people are all on the menu. Or drop by any day for dinner, or brunch on the weekends. From now until September 30th, a portion of everything you spend will directly support LEAD, local middle-school kids, and their families.
Take advantage of the cooler weather, enjoy great food and drink with your friends, and make an impact in the lives of some of the hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey.
To give directly to Houston LEAD.
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