Hospitality Design : Loro Restaurant Unveils Second Location in Texas

The Asian smokehouse and bar concept’s Dallas outpost echoes the rustic dance halls of Texas Hill Country.

Asian smokehouse and bar concept Loro recently unveiled its second outpost in Texas. Located in a historic stretch of East Dallas, the new Loro, which joins a predecessor in Austin, echoes the storied dance halls of the Texas Hill Country through a welcoming design by Austin-based Michael Hsu Office of Architecture.

“We’ve designed a little hill country-inspired spot, right in the heart of Dallas,” Michael Hsu, the firm’s founder, says. “This space is reminiscent of a home passed down through generations, where reunions are hosted every week rather than every year.”

Abundant wood and exposed broad timber trusses accent the expansive dining area, which is lined with large windows. Finishes, fixtures, and furniture all showcase natural tones—creating a discourse of light and dark throughout the eatery that’s inspired by both Shaker and Japanese design traditions. Shaker peg racks complement darkly stained wooden wall panels, while a bar composed of American white oak spans the length of the interior atop brick and ebony-stained hardwood floors. Overhead, large natural and white-glazed terracotta pendants are suspended from the ceiling to illuminate salvaged wood tables.

The outdoor patio is outfitted with a wooden trellis and tree canopy for share, as well as picnic tables and Adirondack chairs that invite patrons to lounge across the green space.

Originally published on Hospitality Design