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Influential Texas Architect Dick Clark's Austin Restaurants

Kenichi to Star Bar to Dolce Neve to Lonesome Dove Austin

Lonesome Dove Austin
Lonesome Dove Austin
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Longtime influential Austin architect Dick Clark died this week at the age of 72. He left behind a legacy of impactful modern design that defined the city’s building aesthetic, which included restaurants. As sister site Curbed Austin wrote:

Clark and his firm also brought his unique form of contemporary architecture, sometimes rustically inflected with the local and regional vernacular, to numerous city residences

Clark studied at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, followed by Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He opened Dick Clark Architecture (later renamed Dick Clark and Associates) in 1979 in Austin where he and his team worked on creating award-winning residential and commercial projects.

Clark received the first-ever Downtown Impact Award from the Downtown Austin Alliance in 1999 for designing projects in the area, including fine dining restaurant Mezzaluna (which closed in 2005). He was also awarded with the AIA Austin Firm Achievement in 2009.

With that, here’s a look through Clark’s notable Austin restaurant work, like the purple-hued renovated bungalow Nightcap, Texas-through-and-through decor of Lonesome Dove; West Sixth bars and restaurants like Star Bar, Key Bar, and sushi restaurant Maiko; East Side brewery Zilker Brewing Company; Rainey Street bar The Blackheart; South First gelato shop Dolce Neve; and restaurants no longer open in the city, such as Kenichi, Fork & Vine, Fino; among others.

Star Bar
Star Bar
Star Bar/Facebook
Nightcap
Nightcap
Paul Bardagjy
Lonesome Dove Austin
Lonesome Dove Austin
Paul Bardagjy
Hangar Lounge
Hangar Lounge
Paul Bardagjy
Key Bar
Key Bar
Key Bar/Facebook
Zilker Brewing Company
Zilker Brewing Company
Zilker Brewing Company/Facebook
Kenichi
Kenichi Austin (which is now closed)
Dick Clark and Associates/Facebook
Maiko
Maiko
Dick Clark and Associates/Facebook
Flyrite Chicken
Flyrite Chicken
Flyrite Chicken/Facebook
Fork and Vine
Fork and Vine
Fork and Vine/Facebook
The Blackheart
The Blackheart
The Blackheart/Facebook
Dolce Neve
Dolce Neve
Shannon Kintner
Halcyon
Halcyon
Halcyon/Facebook

Nightcap

1401 West 6th Street, , TX 78703 (512) 628-0144 Visit Website

Dolce Neve

1713 S 1st St., Austin, Texas 78704 Visit Website

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

419 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 271-2474

Star Bar

600 West 6th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 477-8550 Visit Website

The Blackheart [Closed]

86 Rainey Street, , TX 78701 (512) 391-1566 Visit Website

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