Owner Bridget Dunlap became enamored of this bright and airy space in vibrant east Austin and knew right away she wanted to open a restaurant here, a departure from the bars she is known for. As the wheels started turning on the still somewhat hazy idea, Bridget and her CFO and creative partner, Chris Parker, recruited crucial members of the team who together bring a passion for refined food with a touch of whimsy, international influences, and solid experience in nationally and locally acclaimed restaurants.We named the restaurant Mettle because it speaks to who we are, persistent and able to overcome many obstacles thrown in our path. We all face adversity at times; how we move beyond it to triumph again is an indication of our true mettle.With the team in place, and the menus being fastidiously created and tested, we fervently started designing the actual restaurant. We commissioned local artist Ian Shults, glass artist Leigh Wyatt, Ion Art metal sculptors, and woodwork artist Pedro Leal to make unique pieces for Mettle, and we chose complementary décor to set the stage for a satisfying, comfortable dining experience. Learn more about all of these wonderful contributors here!