The Artful Life: 6 Things Galerie Editors Love This Week

From the opening of Pierre Yovanovitch’s New York gallery to the auction of a stunning James Turrell decanter

1. New Restaurant Bacalar in Austin Highlights the Rich Culture of Mexico’s Past and Present

Finding home in Austin’s Rainey Street Historic District, design-focused restaurant Bacalar is the latest hot spot for those looking to enjoy distinctive cuisine alongside thoughtful furnishings. Inspired by chef Gabe Erales’s weekend visits to the Mexican state of Quintana Roo as a child, the eatery’s name is a nod to the magical site of Pueblo Magico Bacalar, also known as the Lake of Seven Colors, and boasts a Yucatán Peninsula–inspired menu which includes dishes such as masa dumplings, grilled swordfish, and pork belly tacos. The two-story restaurant’s design was spearheaded by Urbanspace’s Development + Interiors Principal Merrill Alley, who paid homage to Mexico and Mayan culture by including ancient stone carvings and symbols, brick-clad walls, expertly woven light fixtures, rugs that nod to the Mayan calendar, and a statement-making 11-foot carving by the mezzanine’s staircase. —Shelby Black

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