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Clark’s Oyster Bar in Austin

Restaurant Redevelopment in Texas design by Clayton & Little, USA

Nov 12, 2019

Architecture: Clayton & Little

Location: Austin, Texas, United States of America

Clarks Oyster Bar Austin

Photos by Casey Dunn

Clark’s Oyster Bar, Austin, Texas

Clark’s Oyster Bar is a remodel of a 1940s building that once housed a former restaurant and before that an auto repair shop. On the edge of the historic Clarksville neighborhood and a commercial strip, Clark’s is positioned as Austin’s definiteive neighborhood oyster joint. Clayton & Little worked closely with the owner to revitalize this 1,400-square-foot gem from the inside out.

Clarks Oyster Bar Austin

Exterior work included a new insulated roof, accessibility improvements, and a south facing wood deck covered by awnings to create an intimate outdoor dining area. Taking advantage of Austin’s warm climate, the new patio significantly increased the restaurant’s capacity while maintaining the charm and energy appropriate for this small neighborhood restaurant. The restaurant seats a total of 67 customers; about half of the seating is inside while the remaining half is outdoors.

Clarks Oyster Bar Austin

A refreshed open-layout kitchen with all new equipment opens up to the bar and dining area, clustered around a 300-gallon aquarium. Diners have the option of sitting in the bar area open to the working kitchen and oyster bar, at a quieter dining table inside, or outside on the patio.

Clarks Oyster Bar Austin

The new aquarium was positioned between the lively bar area and the quieter table seating to create a visual barrier between the spaces. The aquarium also helps cut off visual access to the restroom doors and service area walkway at the rear of the narrow building.

Clarks Oyster Bar Austin

The material and color palette are simple, yet rich, with subtle nautical cues to reflect the menu. Stained pecan-topped bar with fixed chrome and fabric bar stools face the working kitchen and a polished marble-topped bar faces the oyster station. Patterned white and black hexagonal tiles are used on the floor, while white and green wood paneling lines the walls.

Clarks Oyster Bar Austin

White walls and tall ceilings create an open and airy space. New schoolhouse style pendants in the bar area add a vintage feel. White rattan light fixtures hang above the seated dining area with durable wooden and woven wicker chairs.

Clarks Oyster Bar Austin

The patio runs parallel to the dining room inside. Stools line the outdoor bar while wooden tables run along the windows. The outdoor patio includes a simple, thermally modified wood deck, coated metal railings and stools in white and green that match the interior paneling. Yellow and white striped awnings cover the patio and provide shade throughout the day.

Clarks Oyster Bar Austin

Clarks Oyster Bar Austin

Through a close collaboration with the owner, elegant and cohesive interior and exterior spaces with subtle nautical elements were achieved with basic materials and simple yet meticulous detailing.

Clarks Oyster Bar Austin

Clark’s Oyster Bar in Austin, Texas – Building Information

Architecture: Clayton & Little

Clayton & Little project team:
Paul Clayton, Principal
Sam Manning, Project Architect

Consultant team:
Clayton & Little (architecture)
Clayton & Little in collaboration with McGuire Moorman Hospitality (interior design)
Burnish & Plumb Construction Co. (contractor)
NDLI (landscape architect)
Floyd Goodrich (structural engineer)
TTG Goetting (MEP engineer)

Clarks Oyster Bar Austin

Photography: Casey Dunn

Clark’s Oyster Bar in Austin, Texas information / images received 121119

Location: Austin, Texas, United States of America

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