This guy, he’s one to watch! When Tyson Cole sets out to do something, ears perk up and mouths salivate. He’s a James Beard Award-winner with umpteen other awards under his belt and has built his restaurant empire–now in partnership with Hai Hospitality–to include Uchi in Austin, Houston, and Dallas; Uchiko; Top Knot; and now keep an eye out for Loro. Set to open in the fall, the restaurant is described as an Asian smokehouse and bar centered around grilled and smoked meats, and inventive sides.
Others have tried to emulate Chef Cole and don’t come close. He’s groomed some working with him, such as Paul Qui, who garnered national attention with his casual-gourmet food truck, Eastside King, then his namesake brick and mortar, Qui, followed by the ultra-posh, Pao by Paul Qui in the opulent Faena Hotel in Miami Beach.
“Loro gives our group a chance to try expand on fare that we hint at on our specials at Uchi,” says Chef Cole. “The space will be airy and inviting, the indoors and outdoors will feel very connected, guests order at the bar and the vibe will be comfortable and casual.”
Loro will be located in the “78704”–yes, a zip code known unto itself by the proud residents and business owners who reside there. Under a huge shady oak tree–indigenous to the locale–dinners can keep cool with an outdoor patio with full bar. I can think of no others who enjoy and appreciate an outdoor patio to have a drink (or three) on then Austin residents. Day drinking on a patio is a serious sport there. Find out a way to secure your table now, it’s sure to be full every night and visiting celebrities will flock to ensure a spot.