Easy Tiger and Arro Group to Open New Concept
By Megan Giller
January 9, 2014
Photo by: Vanessa Escobedo Barba
First it was 24 Diner, then Easy Tiger and just a few months ago, Arro. Now the ELM Restaurant Group has announced that it will be opening yet another restaurant in Austin, with a focus on local, organic food, of course. This time around it’s an Italian concept, to be housed on West Sixth Street in the former site of Bar Louie. Chef and partner Drew Curren lived in Italy and worked at places like Barbuto with chef Jonathan Waxman in New York, and he says,
“Learning the ways of a true farm-to-table restaurant, where we would write menus every morning in the markets for that evening’s service, rekindled my love for rustic Italian food. I have wanted to create my own version of my experiences in both Italy and New York for quite some time. I plan to merge the pizzeria lunch culture with the rustic and seasonal traditions of Italian trattorias in a super approachable, authentic and warm restaurant comparable to walking into a Tuscan home and sitting down for dinner and wine with family and friends.”
The restaurant will also draw on the expertise of pastry chef Mary Catherine Curren and master sommelier Craig Collins, who has also spent time in Italy. The concept is unnamed as of yet, but it’s slated to open this summer.