Earlier, Eater reported that Lenoir chefs and co-owners Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher are developing the restaurant and bar of the forthcoming boutique hotel Arrive East Austin on 1813 East 6th Street. Now the chefs are revealing further details about their new projects, aiming to open in May.
First, Arrive’s restaurant Vixen’s Wedding will be inspired by Goa and Portugal, which means an emphasis on spices, seafood, and pork dishes (The Indian state of Goa was a former colony of the European country.) “We think of it as an extension of the ‘sea’ portion of the menu at Lenoir,” Maher explained to Eater. Drinks will include natural wines and cocktails.
Arrive’s bar is called Lefty’s Brick Bar because Duplechan is left-handed. It will have both indoor and outdoor space. The casual spot will serve in the mornings through late evenings. For food, there will be sandwiches, as well as rotisserie meats and the “bahn-boy” (banh mi and po’ boy mash-up), according to the hotel’s job listing for director of restaurants.
Vixen’s space will be designed by McCray & Co’s Chris McCray. As for the restaurant and bar, Duplechan and Maher are developing everything from the menus to the drinks, as well as training the staff. They’re looking for a chef de cuisine who has experience cooking Southern Indian, Thai, Filipino, Vietnamese, and/or Cajun food.
This will be the Palm Springs, California-based hotel group’s second hotel, along with forthcoming ones in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Arizona.