Downtown Austin hotel the Four Seasons’ restaurant and lobby bar are closed now. The two spaces are undergoing massive renovations, transforming into two new dining and drinking areas. Restaurant Trio will become the Arborist, and the lobby bar will become Live Oak, debuting sometime in the fall.
Even though Trio and the lobby bar are closed during construction, the Four Seasons is still serving food and drinks through the San Jacinto Ballroom and the terrace, with dine-in service available.
The Arborist will encompass a larger area than Trio, which will include a bigger terrace and updated decor details. The menu transformation will be overseen by the current executive chef James Flowers. The menu will showcase the chef’s Italian, Asian, and Texas techniques and use of ingredients.
The Live Oak’s menu will be run by the hotel’s executive sous chef Abril Galindo and cocktails by bartender Sarah Rahl. Among the bar’s physical changes will be a new deck.
Before joining the Four Seasons in 2011, Flowers worked at Austin Italian restaurants Asti Trattoria and Cipollina, as well as Wink. Galindo spent time at the Four Seasons in Punta Mita, Mexico before joining the Austin team. Rahl joined the Four Seasons in 2012, and previously worked at the Barton Creek Resort.