The Austin food scene is buzzing about Arro, the new modern French-influenced restaurant on West Sixth Street, in the building that formerly housed Haddington's. The restaurant's grand opening is July 20, but we have an inside look at its gorgeous interior atmosphere.
Designed by Veronica Koltuniak, the talented interior designer responsible for 24 Diner's perky designs and Easy Tiger's Wes-Anderson-themed decor, this space is like a lovely modern French cafe inside a charming and cozy industrial warehouse. "I played with the use of simple iconography and soft neutrals to combat the 'in your face,' 'look at me' signage that is overtaking Austin and Sixth Street specifically," Koltuniak says.
Where Haddington's was dark and dramatic, Arro is light-filled, airy and open. Drama and interest come from the juxtaposition of textures and delicate French-inspired details. Windows with lots of small panes bring attention to the building's gorgeous architecture and bathe the space in light, while distressed wood floors meet a mix of white brick walls and reclaimed wood ones.
A sophisticated, drop-down coffered ceiling mixes with a ceiling covered in reclaimed U.S. Mail bags. More surprising elements like reused rubber bicycle tires as upholstery or caning used in the cabinet doors delight the senses as you explore the space. A woven metal accent wall is an art piece that cannot be ignored.
The beauty of this new Austin restaurant space is the richness of detail. When you visit, notice how the light falls through the windows, casting tiny rectangles of sunshine across the banquette seating. Pay attention to how the textures of the painted brick wall complement the bold pattern of the bar's colorful tile. Revel in the mix of seating heights, adding to the energy of the space. And of course, enjoy the enticing menu.
It's clear Arro is about delighting all the senses.