The neighborhood restaurant, originally scheduled to debut in the spring of 2016, is targeting a summer 2017 opening. Il Brutto will be located on East Sixth Street at The Arnold, a new mixed-use development from New Waterloo and Transwestern real estate firm.
The spot will offer lunch, brunch, dinner, and bar service. The lineup is similar to the one previously promised, with Neapolitan-style pizza and an extensive wine list. However, the team is "forgoing a narrowed regional focus," instead specializing in "familiar flavors served in an unpretentious manner," according to New Waterloo partner Delfo Trombetta.
Despite the name change, the restaurant appears to be keeping with the previous "gatto" — aka cat — theme, with hand-painted cats on the windows. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant, designed by Clayton & Little Architects, includes a private dining room, a bar and lounge area, and patio.
"Using local materials and craftspeople, Clayton & Little worked with New Waterloo to make the Italian experience feel comfortable in East Austin," says Clayton & Little's director of interiors, Joe Holm. "The space will feature a custom wine refrigerator made in Round Rock, custom tile crafted and fired in Austin, and woods from San Antonio. The palette relies heavily on materials that are hand-fired, reflective of the space's twin wood-fired Italian ovens."
New Waterloo is certainly keeping busy. In addition to unveiling the South Congress Hotel and working on two new Sway locations, the Austin-based group is planning to open an Italian sandwich spot, the "counterpart" to Il Brutto, located on the back end of The Arnold. More info about this sister shop will be available in the coming months.