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Team behind Arro and Easy Tiger to open Italian concept

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

The team behind 24 Diner, Easy Tiger and Arro plan to open an Italian concept at 123 W. 6th St. in the space formerly occupied by Bar Louie.

The Elm Restaurant Group says they hope to open the unnamed restaurant this summer. The restaurant will be helmed by chef and Elm partner Andrew Curren, twice nominated for Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chef award.

Curren, whose French-inspired Arro has been welcomed to steady crowds on West Sith Street, first fell in love with Italian culture while studying abroad in Tuscany during his senior year at Texas A&M University. Curren previously worked at Barbuto in New York City under the tutelage of renowned chef Jonathan Waxman.

“Learning the ways of a true farm-to-table restaurant, where we would write menus every morning in the markets for that evening’s service, rekindled my love for rustic Italian food,” Curren said. “I have wanted to create my own version of my experiences in both Italy and New York for quite some time. I plan to merge the pizzeria lunch culture with the rustic and seasonal traditions of Italian trattorias in a super approachable, authentic and warm restaurant comparable to walking into a Tuscan home and sitting down for dinner and wine with family and friends. That’s what brought me to this industry in the first place!”