French restaurant Arro closing, Bridget Dunlap concept moving in

IMG_2119Just a few months after it slightly altered its concept to a more relaxed, wine-driven experience, French bistro Arro (601 W. Sixth St.) is closing. Friday will be the final day of service for the restaurant operated by the Elm Restaurant Group, which also runs 24 Diner and Easy Tiger.

Hospitality industry entrepreneur Bridget Dunlap (Lustre Pearl, Bar 96, Burn Bar Pizza + Bar) is buying the business to create a new bar concept in the bar-heavy West Sixth Street entertainment district.

We carefully considered the pros and cons, and ultimately decided that selling made the most sense for the area and would provide the least risk for our investors,” one of Elm’s founding partners, Scott Hentschel said.

Arro has no plans to relocate and the restaurant said in a release that all staff will be given the opportunity to work at one of the brand’s other restaurants, which also include Italic.

“Typically when a restaurant closes, that means a lot of people are out of work. Knowing that we could immediately transfer employees familiar with our culture and training methodologies to positions at our other concepts definitely made a hard decision easier,” Hentschel said. “We recognize that our staff is one of our greatest resources.”

Elms plans to open Irene’s, a comfort-food dive bar this spring at 506 West Ave., around the corner from the old Arro in the spring, and will open a second Easy Tiger at the Linc this year.

To commemorate the restaurant’s closing, Arro will host a “Drink Us Dry” even from tonight through Friday, with a special menu of $5-$15 and half-off of all drinks.



Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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