McGuire Moorman Lambert’s hospitality is one step closer to Clarksville dominance

Earlier this year, McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality (MML), the group behind local restaurants such as Swedish Hill and Clark’s Oyster Bar, announced three new restaurants: Howard’s, Rosie’s and Pecan Square Cafe. Now, a new mixed-use development project has passed a major round of approval needed to give a new look to the same blocks of Clarksville where the three establishments and two other MML restaurants are located.

Austin-based real estate investment firm Riverside Resources is behind the development affecting restaurants and businesses in the 1100 and 1200 blocks of West Sixth Street, which includes Swedish Hill and Clark’s, as well as the Southwest Restaurant Z’Tejas, which is expected to close later. this year or early 2023. MML has not released a statement as to the group’s involvement in the proposed development, and Eater has requested comment and has not received a response as of press time. Given that the two blocks included in the project are dotted with MML restaurants, it seems likely that the host group is a willing participant.

Riverside Resources and MML appear to own the properties involved in the proposal, according to Travis County Records. Seven of the properties involved in the project are owned by Clarks Village LP, associated with Jeremy L. Smitheal of Riverside Resources. The Z’Tejas building is owned by 1110 West 6th Partners LP, which includes MML’s Larry McGuire.

Riverside Resources’ plan was approved by the Austin Historic Lands Commission on August 3, but there are still a few steps to go before the project is fully approved by the city council. While it’s still unclear what will happen to these businesses if construction continues, plans suggest the restaurants will be incorporated into the development.

The Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, which has designed everything from the Olympic stadiums to the headquarters of Prada, is designing the Austin project. The new development will seek to preserve some of the facades and aesthetic markers of the buildings at the intersection of West Sixth Street and Blanco Street, while redesigning the overall look of the area. It will include the erection of a five-storey multi-purpose building at the heart of the construction.

Herzog & de Meuron nearly helped design the University of Texas at Austin‘s Blanton Museum of Art in 1999, but the architecture firm withdrew its bid after its highly modernist approach was met with hesitation.

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