Affordable Fine Dining Made Local
LENOIR is a casual, prix-fixe fine-dining restaurant in the heart of the Bouldin Creek neighborhood in Austin. The restaurant opened its doors in January 2012, serving up what they call “hot weather food” – locally-sourced French ethnic fare best suited to warm climates.
The concept for the design of the space was largely based on the vision for the cuisine: affordable, local, responsible, elegant, and homey. The goal was to prove that recycled and repurposed materials can also be graceful and refined. Nearly all of the materials used in the build-out of the space were salvaged from area homes by way of the Austin Habitat for Humanity ReStore and an area lumberyard. Up-cycled floor and ceiling joists and framing lumber found new lives in bar tops, tabletops, and seating. Various types of burnt wood and crochet from lost relatives help to reinforce the yin and yang, as does the dominant black, white, and peacock blue color scheme.