I told you three weeks ago about chef Shawn Cirkiel’s soon-to-open, unnamed restaurant at the Radisson Hotel & Suites.
Well, the name is now official. Cirkiel’s fourth restaurant will be called Chavez. Cirkiel partnered with FÖDA Studio and Michael Hsu Office of Architecture for the design of the restaurant that overlooks Lady Bird Lake. Chavez will feature a backlit foyer etched with a pattern using the letters from the restaurant’s name, a design element that nods to Mesoamerican textiles and culture, according to a release.
"One challenge involved figuring out how to make the restaurant space inside a hotel feel very local and unique. So we used a lot of different materials: wood, steel and rich tiles to separate Chavez in a way that’s tactile, in a way you can sense and feel," Brien Strelau, project designer with Hsu Office of Architecture, said. "We also wanted to make the most of what is a premier site. It’s not often you get to design a space that overlooks Lady Bird Lake. So we did things like use lighter colored woods and opened it up with lots of glass. We wanted it to appeal to people nationally and internationally while making it a very Austin restaurant."
The contemporary Southwestern restaurant at 111 Cesar Chavez St. is slated to open in January.