Austin, Texas

Combining the talents of Uchi and Franklin Barbecue, Loro Restaurant was constructed on an almost forgotten lot along South Lamar Blvd - home to more beautiful massive live oaks than traditional commercial lots. The 4,600 square-foot Asian smokehouse sits carefully nestled among twenty heritage trees on a 1.4-acre site with the large tree canopies enhancing the ample shaded outdoor dining spaces.


The design and use of the outdoor space was carefully detailed to protect and improve the root zones of the heritage trees.

A rain garden provides an aesthetic stormwater filter for parking lot runoff that blends with the natural space.

Coordination with adjacent tracts provides the additional parking that was not available on site. 

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