At first glance, Sophia’s – the Chicago-based BDG (that’s James Brown, Matt Deichl, and Jonathan Gillespie) Hospitality Group’s first foray into Austin – seems to escape those traps. The bones of former occupant Bess Bistro are largely kept intact, as is the imposing pewter bar. Designer Elizabeth Pena Brown (working with the BDG in-house team) fills the space with mostly timeless finishes, upholstering columns in black leather and chairs in sapphire velvet. The shapes are kept traditional too. There’s nary a plastic shell in sight.