The Life Aquatic: A Maritime-Inspired Oyster Bar by

Issue 57 · Haberdashery · January 28, 2013

The Life Aquatic: A Maritime-Inspired Oyster Bar

Issue 57 · Haberdashery · January 28, 2013

When Austin, Texas, restaurateurs Larry McGuire and Thomas Moorman were looking to open a restaurant offering classic maritime dishes, they wanted to pay homage to Charles Clark, the founder of West Austin's Clarksville neighborhood, a freeman who bought the land from the Texas governor in 1871.

The Clarksville neighborhood has a 1950s "main street" sensibility (there's a drugstore, a laundry, a soda fountain, and a nursery); and Clark's Oyster Bar fits right in. The owners describe it as "a modern version of a traditional American diner, mixed with the feeling of an East Coast yacht club." A nautical theme is echoed throughout the design from the beach house-style wooden deck to the anchor-printed pocket squares of the wait staff to the outdoor awnings marked with the restaurant's longitude and latitude.

Located at 1200 W 6th Street in Austin, visit Clark's Oyster Bar for more information.

Photography by Michael A. Muller for Remodelista.

Antique sign at Clark's Oyster Bar in Austin, Texas

Above: Having just recently opened in Fall of 2012, Clark's Oyster Bar joins other McGuire Moorman ventures such as Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar, Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, and Elizabeth Street Cafe.

Above: White and black penny round tile is set into the floors with dark grout. See more of our favorite uses of dark grout in the bath: 5 Favorites: Tiled Baths with Dark Grout.

Hostess at Clark's Oyster Bar in Austin, Texas

Above: A hostess at the dining room entrance, separated from the rest of the restaurant with a neon-illuminated fish tank.

Classic American oyster bar in Austin, Texas

Above: The casual dining area is made up of wood and seafoam green cushioned stools.

Serving counter at Clark's Oyster Bar in Austin, Texas

Above: A classic sandwich board displays the raw and fresh fish offerings of the day.

Above: The staff's East Coast-inspired uniform was designed by McGuire Moorman creative director Ryan Smith.

Plate at Clark's Oyster Bar in Austin, Texas

Steal This Look summery table setting from Clark's Oyster Bar in Austin

Above: A simple table clad in white linens.

Nautical table setting at Clark's Oyster Bar in Austin

Above: The blue-rimmed dinner plates were fsahioned after a US Navy pattern.

Menu design at Clark's Oyster Bar in Austin, Texas

Above: Clark's menus are designed with seafaring topographical maps in mind.

Gold flatware at Clark's Oyster Bar in Austin

Above: Oysters from Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and British Columbia.

White sea coral on a marble countertop at Clark's Oyster Bar in Austin, Texas

Above: A piece of pale sea coral blends into marble countertops.

Bread in baskets at Clark's Oyster Bar in Austin, Texas

Above: Fresh baked bread stored in rustic wire baskets.

Outdoor dining tables at Clark's Oyster Bar in Austin, Texas

Above: The indoor/outdoor dining space, essential in West Austin summers, is a collaboration between McGuire Moorman and architect/builder Paul Clayton.

N.B.: Looking for more places to visit in Austin, Texas? See 7 other favorite local haunts in our Austin City Guide.



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