Austin -> Fort Worth
An acclaimed Austin restaurant is expanding, and for its second location, it is choosing none other than Fort Worth. Fixe will open in the fall at the Shops at Clear Fork, the bustling luxury shopping center that's already home to trendy Press Cafe and a newly opened Neiman Marcus store, with more concepts such as Pinstripes in the works.
Recently named one of OpenTable's top 100 restaurants in the country, Fixe is a progressive Southern restaurant from Keith House and James Robert, who opened the Austin branch in 2014. Fans love its innovative takes on nostalgic dishes such as shrimp and grits, pork shoulder with pinto beans in a jalapeño kale emulsion, and smoked beef neck with barbecued okra.
Robert, who is executive chef, says that his menu showcases familiar tastes and dishes that he grew up with, with a section dedicated to heirloom varieties of grits, biscuits, boudin, and more. He'll move to Fort Worth to build the culinary team.
Adam Puskorius will become executive chef at the flagship location in Austin. His résumé includes Asti Trattoria in Austin; Mark's American Cuisine in Houston; and Eddie V’s, where he oversaw the opening of four Eddie V's locations across the U.S.
Puskorius says in a release that signing on as executive chef is a no-brainer.
"Having worked alongside Keith and James in the past, I know that their commitment to quality and hospitality mirrors my own," he says. "As they set their sights on opening the new location, I look forward to serving up the experience that guests have come to know and love from Fixe, while also expanding the core menu with new dishes and bar collaborations that reflect my passion for progressive Southern cuisine."
The Fort Worth location is being designed by Nelsen Partners and will evoke the feeling of entering a home in rural Louisiana. Like its Austin location, the space will feature an open kitchen, stunning patio, wine room, bar, and two private dining spaces.
No word if it will reprise the signature collection of delicate plates mounted on the wall in the Austin original.