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Popular downtown Austin restaurant closes in surprising twist of fate: New plans revealed

Popular downtown Austin restaurant closes in surprising twist of fate

Arro Austin restaurant West Sixth patio yard outdoor
Downtown French restaurant Arro is closing its doors Friday, February 5 with Dunlap ATX taking over the space. Arro/Facebook

It seems 2016 is shaping up to be the year of closures. While 2015 saw a slew of openings, in just one month’s time Austin has said goodbye to three restaurants. East Seventh Street’s laV said au revoir shortly after the first of January, followed by another east side eatery Mettle just a couple days later. And after service on Friday, February 5, Arro will join the ranks, closing its doors for good.

The news of the French restaurant’s shuttering comes as a surprise, especially after the recent updates to the space, including the expansion of the bar area and creation of a stylish outdoor patio. The decision to close was not made lightly, according to Arro’s parent company Elm Restaurant Group, and there are no plans to relocate.

So what is to become of the venue on West Sixth Street? In a strange twist of fate, former Mettle owner Bridget Dunlap (known for her Rainey Street empire), has acquired the Arro space.

“[Arro] has been held in high regard locally and on the national level since we opened in summer 2013,” said Scott Hentschel, one of the restaurant group's founding partners, in a press release. However, after meeting with Dunlap, the restaurant group “ultimately decided that selling made the most sense for the area and would provide the least risk and highest return for our investors.”

In a CultureMap exclusive, Dunlap revealed plans for the new concept. Parlor & Yard, a “Sinatra-esque sports and game lounge,” will open in late February. The “throwback sports concept” is a collaboration between Dunlap ATX and Lion’s Share Hospitality and will boast a cozy indoor lounge, as well as a game room on the glass patio with foosball, bumper pool, shuffleboard, and TVs.

In the meantime, Arro is inviting its customers from now until Friday to “drink them dry” with half-priced wine selected by sommelier Craig Collins. Chef Andrew Curren will also create a special menu with items ranging from $5 to $15.

Upcoming projects from the group include Irene’s, a dive bar opening around the corner from Arro this spring, and a second location of Easy Tiger to open this summer.