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Fort Worth fave chef Felipe Armenta gifts Southlake with new tavern

Fort Worth fave chef Felipe Armenta gifts Southlake with new tavern

Cork & Pig
Southlake lands a new location of Cork & Pig Tavern. Photo courtesy of Cork & Pig

Award-winning chef and Fort Worth favorite Felipe Armenta is headed to Southlake, where he'll open a new location of his Cork & Pig Tavern concept at the Shops of Southlake, across from Southlake Town Square.

The restaurant will open in a 4,219-square-foot location next to Mesero, the Mexican restaurant that's opening this fall, joining existing businesses such as Central Market, Nordstrom Rack, DSW, and Coal Vines pizza.

Armenta was just crowned Fort Worth's Best Chef for 2021 in CultureMap's annual Tastemaker Awards. Cork & Pig Tavern is the mini-chain he founded in San Angelo in 2010 with partners Virginia Dalbeck and John Nestor, all of whom had worked for Hillstone Restaurants.

Known for delicacies like West Texas biscuits & gravy, enchiladas, and pork ribs, Cork & Pig currently has locations in Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, and Las Colinas, which opened in 2018. A location also opened in Fort Worth's Crockett Row in 2016, but that closed in May 2020.

As part of their expansion, they've brought on a fourth partner, Ed Buenaventura, another Hillstone Restaurants alumnus.

David Palmer, Weitzman executive vice president of development, says in a statement that the addition of Cork & Pig Tavern keeps with the center's mission to be a destination offering the best, joining other recent new additions such as Saint Bernard.

"Shops of Southlake, with the addition of Cork & Pig Tavern and Mesoro joining our popular mainstays like Bone Fish Grill and Coal Vines, offers a complementary mix of dining concepts unique in the market," he says.