Gotham City can keep Batman and Robin — Austin has its own dynamic duo. While they may not stop the criminal machinations of garishly made-up mad men, their contributions to the Austin culinary scene still make them superheroes.
On Monday, October 30, Hai Hospitality announced that Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue will be joining the team at Tyson Cole’s upcoming new concept, Loro. The much-anticipated restaurant will combine the cooking styles that the two James Beard Award-winning chefs are most known for — Central Texas barbecue and Japanese cookery — to create an Asian smokehouse and bar.
Although the Loro team has already been testing recipes, Franklin's involvement should yield some some interesting cross-cultural experiments. In addition to the grilled and smoked meats and sides, the restaurant will feature craft beer and batch cocktails.
The property at 2115 S. Lamar Blvd. will have an expansive dining room as well as an oak-shaded patio. Construction is well underway, and the restaurant is projected to open in 2018.