Restaurant Tour | Hank’s
Austin, Texas has a new addition! Sitting pretty in a 1950’s shopping center in the city’s Windsor Park neighborhood is Hank’s – a hip new eatery, bar and coffee shop that is sure to sweep the city off its feet.
While hard to picture today, the 8,500 square-foot space once housed a grocery store – that is, until local couple Andy Means and Jessie Katz got their hands on it. Enlisting the help of the talented Claire Zinnecker, the interior aficionado transformed the space into a light and bright dream, dubbing the style “minimalist desert modern.”
All Photography: Wynn Myers
The design intent? “To make the space feel warm, comfortable and inviting while maintaining an organic sophistication.” And did they ever…
White Attica stretches across the bar top, where guests can sip on cocktails, wine, coffee and even nut milks made right in Austin proper. Paired with tones of green and black, White Attica, also featured on select tabletops, creates a powerful albeit natural look that serves as a dramatic counterpoint to the rich hues.
The interior features white walls, high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling industrial style windows, with a variety of uniquely furnished (but equally well-lit) dining areas.
The globe rattan shades add a vintage feel to the restaurant, which is carried through to the exterior patio.
While the restaurant, bar and café each serve individual purposes, the spaces flow easily thanks to a cohesive design that marries warm woods, organic colors, Caesarstone White Attica and plenty of greenery.
On the opposite end of the bar, patrons can get their caffeine fix at the impeccably decorated coffee shop.
Veering away from the teal tones residing in the bar area, this area of Hank’s features pale cane chairs, lightwood benches and peach tones that beautifully reflect Austin’s warm climate.
"The pretty natural light, minimalist desert modern aesthetic, placement of house plants and succulents, and attention to detail on the project has made it a perfect spot," said the Hank’s team.
Design is in the details and there’s no shortage of them here. Natural materials and plant life are an integral part of the interior design. But Zinnecker didn’t stop there. Mixing these elements with unexpected and vintage elements adds a personal touch to the space, creating a totally Instagrammable area – talk about #restaurantgoals.
“Being born and raised in Austin, I wanted to make sure to create a space that felt like Austin of the past and Austin of the future,” Zinnecker says. “Engaging local makers and small-business makers is important to all my designs, so I made sure that Hank’s utilized these resources,” shared Zinnecker.
And if the interior wasn’t enough to impress you, Hank’s also boasts an additional 4,000 square-foot patio – the perfect place to dine alfresco under the Austin sun.
We wouldn’t hate sipping on a midsummer night’s cocktail in one these wicker Acapulco chairs!
We have a feeling the residents of Austin will be welcoming this newcomer with (wide) open arms…