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Opening this week: French-country Arro on West Sixth

Matthew Odam

Chef Drew Curren and the ELM Restaurant Group have had great success with their mash-up bakery/artisan sausage/beer garden Easy Tiger on East Sixth Street downtown and round-the-clock 24 Diner on Lamar Boulevard.

They enter the world of French bistro food this week with Arro, located in between their two existing restaurants, at 601 W. Sixth St. in the old Haddington’s location. The restaurant, which has undergone a transformation to open up the previously compartmentalized space, will open Saturday.

Curren, who had a brief stint on the season of “Top Chef” that made Paul Qui a national name, and his wife, pastry chef Mary Catherine Curren, will bring a menu of French-country cuisine that includes lobster bisque, croque monsieur, seafood stew, grilled lamb and sweetbreads, lemon goat cheese tart and rosewater profiteroles. Arro, which does not take reservations except for its six and 8-person tables, opens for dinner at 5 p.m. every night of the week and plans to offer Sunday brunch starting in August.

It will be interesting to see how the refined concept is welcomed by a notoriously boozy strip of West Sixth Street that has long been home to more casual grub (Frank and Angie’s Pizzeria, Hut’s Hamburgers), but in the past year has welcomed Benji’s Cantina and Restaurant Jezebel/Bar Mirabeau. (

After a couple of years of anticipation Bufalina Pizza is bringing Neapolitan pizza to East Austin. The restaurant at 1519 E. Cesar Chavez St. opens Thursday night and will offer dinner service Wednesday through Sundays from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Owner Steven Dilley says the menu will be comprised of pizzas with mozzarella made in-house and produce from local sources such as Boggy Creek Farm; seasonal salads; and charcuterie (think places like La Quercia). Bufalina will have six local beers on tap and serve wine. The space seats 38, including six bar seats, and will not initially offer take-out or delivery. (

Family-owned and operated The Syndicate opened at 1113 RM 620 N. in Lakeway at the end of June. The restaurant, located in the old home of Tug’s Bar-B-Que, features a seafood-centric New American menu and small shareable plates from chef Jesse Curtis, who has spent time cooking in Baltimore, Europe and the Caribbean. Owners say the restaurant has a Prohibition-era jazz club vibe, with live music on stage Thursday through Sunday. The Syndicate is open until midnight Tuesday through Thursday and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. (

Dallas-based Tex-Mex restaurant Uncle Julio’s opens its first Austin location at 301 Brazos St. this week. The Austin location, the company’s 17th, joins previous Uncle Julio’s locations in Atlanta, Boca Raton, Chicago, and the Washington D.C. area. Menus items at the 9,500 square-foot restaurant include fajitas, smoked pork ribs and honey-chipotle salmon. (