Arrive East Austin Hotel, the forthcoming boutique hotel on 1813 East 6th Street, is opening next month with two new restaurants overseen by Lenoir chefs Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher: the Goan-Portuguese restaurant Vixen’s Wedding and the casual bar and restaurant Lefty’s Brick Bar. Also on deck at the hotel is a gin bar and cafe Cartel Coffee Lab. Everything should open the week of July 15, though the restaurant is still hiring.
Vixen’s Wedding’s menu will focus on spices, seafood, pork, and vegetable dishes, with ingredients sourced from Texas. Expect dishes like barbecue pig ears with chickpea puree, whole coconut crab curry, shrimp and chorizo cataplana. Bread-wise there will be parathas, rotis, and pao. The chefs have been previewing dishes at Austin food festivals like the Austin Food & Wine Festival and Hot Luck Festival this year.
The restaurant team consists of Director of Restaurants/Executive Chef Greg Zanotti (formerly of Muselet and James Beard-nominated Castagna in Portland), Executive Pastry Chef Sarah Listrom (formerly of Barley Swine and Uchiko), Beverage Director Lindsay Drew (of now-closed Guild), and General Manager Adam Nystrom.
As for Lefty’s Brick Bar — named because Duplechan is left-handed — the more casual menu will feature sandwiches. They’ve been working on a combination banh mi and po’ boy dubbed the banh boy with pork, chicken, or vegetables. It’s found in an old warehouse space on the property.
The Gin Bar, overseen by sommelier Lindsay Drew, will feature over 50 varieties of the spirit sourced from all over the world. This bar is situated on the deck of the 2nd floor. Check-in at the hotel happens at a bar, where guests will be given a free drink and snack.
Update, 7/1/19: This article has been updated to reflect the team behind Vixen’s Wedding and the new opening date.