Bars add diversity to city's entertainment options

Many residents may not have noticed, but downtown Victoria has been transforming slowly into a vibrant, exciting part of our city.

Many aspects play into the revitalization of the city's heart.

We think Riverside Park, the river, the Texas Zoo, museums, performing arts center, restaurants and, yes, bars are all part of the puzzle to revitalize the downtown area. Factor in the city being part of the Main Street Program and we have our rich history coming alive, too.

Certainly, replacing infrastructure such as sewer and water lines, streets, curb and gutter and sidewalks all help to make downtown aesthetically pleasing.

Recently, the addition of two bars was announced, a blues bar at 103 W. Santa Rosa St. called Steve-A-Reno's Rock 'n' Roll Blues Bar and an extension of the Greek Bros. restaurant and bar at 205 E. Constitution.

We think these additional bars will add to the entertainment options downtown. Diversity in entertainment draws a wider group of people. In this case, visitors to downtown are presented with an array of live entertainment options, as well as restaurants and activities.

So it stands to reason that our city wants to celebrate the renovation of downtown. Starting Friday, you will see lots of celebrations and activities in downtown Victoria. Here are some of the activities lined up now and in the next month.

Friday, the Tunes@ Noon event occurs at DeLeon Plaza. The first 50 people to arrive for the event will receive a free Subway box lunch. From noon to 1 p.m., live entertainment will be provided by Matt Thigpen.

On Sept. 2, the Main Street Dance event will be from 7-10 p.m. at DeLeon Plaza. Music will be provided by Kevin Anthony & G-Town (mixture of Texas two-step and Cajun). The event is free.

On Sept. 8, the Downtown Celebration will dedicate and re-open the new revitalized downtown area. The celebration will be at 101 North Main St. at DeLeon Plaza. Hot dogs, ice cream and live music by the Victoria College Jazz Combo. Again, this is a free event.

Many more events will occur in the months to come to celebrate downtown, according to O.C. Garza, the city's director of communication.

"These are the first few events - an inkling of what we hope the community and various groups organize," Garza said. "There's a lot of energy and activity downtown - a lot more variety than it used to have."

Garza said more infrastructure work will be done in the downtown area in the next few years, but for now the heart of the city is thriving and beating regularly.

We urge all Victorians to come downtown and experience this new revitalization.

We think you will be proud of the accomplishments. And we think visitors to the city will want to return to our beautiful downtown area.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.