Austin, Texas

Eberly is inspired by sources both lofty and humble, marrying a salvaged bar from the storied Cedar Tavern in Greenwich Village with the open plan of a former print shop. Working within a raw context of concrete and glass, Clayton Korte and interior designer Mickie Spencer divided the shell into three distinct environments: the restored “Cedar Tavern,” the mod “Café,” and the book-filled “Study.”

Based on English greenhouses, the Study serves as a coffee shop during the day, filling the building core with natural light, and as an extension of the Tavern at night with glowing openings to the adjacent courtyard and roof-top bar.  The establishment’s visually layered spaces support this intent. As patrons enter the Café, a dark, almost brooding atmosphere defines the space. This is contrasted by the light-filled Study immediately adjacent to the entry which draws the eye to and through the space back to the historic Cedar Tavern.

At 30-feet long and 10-feet tall, the Cedar Tavern bar’s presence is impressive notwithstanding its 150 year history of notable patronage, including that of Jackson Pollock and Jack Kerouac. Speaking to the rich history of the Cedar Tavern, brown and oxblood tufted leather sofas surround coffee tables in a lounge configuration to promote gathering and conversations. Vibrant blue barstools with brass tacks contrast with the mahogany bar, while gold and purple ottomans are arranged throughout to enliven darker, rich tones. Brass serves to unify all spaces, and is showcased in custom designed and fabricated light fixtures that surround the columns. Exposed steel beams support the additional weight of the new rooftop patio.