The Elm Restaurant Group is shifting gears at Arro (601 W. Sixth St.). The French bistro that opened in 2013 is adding a 100-seat outdoor patio area along its eastern wall, refocusing its food offerings, and greatly increasing its beverage options in order to better fit the exuberant nightlife scene on West Sixth Street.
The Nueces Street side of the building, which will feature a mural by local artist and designer Xavier Schipani, will be intended to reflect a garden party vibe, with umbrella-shaded tables, festooned lights, and an outdoor bar. Changes coming to the interior will also promote the communal and "convivial spirit," according to a restaurant rep.
Under the guidance of Master Sommelier Craig Collins, award-winning manager Scott Otta and service director Mark Devin Sayre (formerly of the Four Seasons), Arro will expand beyond its French-wine focus, doubling the wine list to feature international, boutique labels and adding more spirits and draft beer to the slate of offerings.
Several of the entrees at Arro will disappear with the shift in approach to more casual offerings. Crowd favorites like lobster bisque, crispy quail, bone marrow, steak frites, and profiteroles will remain. The kitchen, under the guidance of executive chef Andrew Curren and chef de cuisine Richard Tomlinson, plans to offer more shareable plates and snack food, including a rotating selection of oysters and a burger with bacon jam. Despite the shift, diners will still be able to order traditional three-course dinners as in the past.
Arro will close for construction on Sunday and reopen on September 18. New operating hours will be Tuesday–Wednesday, 5 pm to midnight; Thursday–Saturday, 5 pm to 2 am; and Sunday Brunch Service, 11 am to 3 pm.
All guests at the new Arro will receive a complimentary glass of bubbles and an order of frites from September 23 to October 7.