Behind The Scenes

A first look at Mettle, Bridget Dunlap's East Side bistro coming this summer

A first look at Mettle, East Side bistro coming this summer

Mettle restaurant interior
Mettle is slated to open early summer. Photo by Bill Sallans
Mettle restaurant Chef Andrew and sous chef Bill
Chef Andrew Francisco leads a team meeting. Photo by Bill Sallans
Mettle restaurant meeting
The Mettle team meets in the dining room. Photo by Bill Sallans
Mettle restaurant exterior
Mettle's exterior Photo by Bill Sallans
mettle restaurant bar area
The bar area at Mettle Photo by Bill Sallans
Mettle restaurant detail
Detail of the hostess table Photo by Bill Sallans
Mettle light fixture closeup
Close up of the light fixture in the dining room Photo by Bill Sallans
Mettle Kitchen chopping onions
Prepping in the kitchen. Photo by Bill Sallans
Mettle kitchen checking temps
Prepping in the kitchen. Photo by Bill Sallans
Mettle restaurant interior
Mettle restaurant Chef Andrew and sous chef Bill
Mettle restaurant meeting
Mettle restaurant exterior
mettle restaurant bar area
Mettle restaurant detail
Mettle light fixture closeup
Mettle Kitchen chopping onions
Mettle kitchen checking temps

CultureMap takes you behind the scenes at Mettle, the first restaurant project from Rainey Street's Bridget Dunlap.

One of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the summer (as noted by CultureMap and Eater National), the space is located at 507 Calles, at the east end of Sixth Street. The restaurant was designed by North Arrow Studios, with interior design by Bridget Dunlap.

Helmed by Chef Andrew Francisco, formerly of Olivia and Vespaio, the menu for Mettle will draw on classic French technique and inspirations from some of his favorite cuisines including French, Asian and Modern American.

The bistro will be serving lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday as well as Sunday brunch. A formal opening date has not been announced, but the restaurant is on track for an early summer debut.