INSTANT CLASSIC: IRENE'S / by Furman + Keil Architects


DECEMBER 11, 2014

ELM Restaurant Group to Open New American Bar & Restaurant 

On the heels of the announcement of forthcoming Italian concept ITALIC (Spring 2015), the team behind ELM Restaurant Group (24 Diner, Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden, Arro) revealed today that they have another project in the works: Irene’s. The muse for this classic American bar and restaurant is the grandmother of partner Chad Gluckson, who describes the real-life Southern charmer as a “drinking, smoking, gambling woman with an immense heart and a keen understanding of true hospitality.”  

Located in central Austin at 506 West Avenue (the former home of Joe’s Bar & Grill), Irene’s has the soul of an unpretentious dive bar but manages to keep a firm hand on service and a keen eye to hospitality. The workday begins with breakfast served at the counter window. Grab a thick slice of warm, buttered toast or a housemade cinnamon roll along with a cup of coffee (or even a pack of smokes, if you are so inclined), and meander back to the spacious patio nestled beneath massive pecan trees on the banks of Shoal Creek.

To read more, head over to Culture Map Austin