The giant beaver statue perched over 6025 Westheimer in the Galleria neighborhood is a happy sentinel promising good things to come. Fans of Beaver's will have to wait about a week though before the dam bursts and the much-anticipated second outpost of the popular restaurant off the Washington corridor opens.
Beaver's Westheimer has set Jan. 2 as the opening date of its new store in the old Texadelphia space. The sprawling Beaver's compound has been cleverly outfitted to look like a hunting lodge with great expanses of rough-hewn wood and tree trunk designs running through the main dining room, the Beaver Den (an adult's-only whiskey bar; think of it as a huntsman's version of El Patio's Club No Minors), a special events space called the Barn, and a generous courtyard patio with a fire pit and a vintage Spartan trailer retrofitted as a service bar. With a capacity for about 260 guests, the new Beaver's is more than three time the size of the first Beaver's at 2310 Decatur.