Since opening his Tavern restaurant on Fort Value’s Hulen Road in 2010, Felipe Armenta has turn into an actual drive within the Fort Value meals scene.
He adopted that up with Pacific Desk, his ode to the Pacific Northwest, which has two restaurant areas, one on College Drive and the opposite in Las Colinas, in addition to Press Cafe which was one of many first issues to open in Clearfork. Whereas Armenta’s Cork & Pig Tavern closed this yr in Crockett Row, there may be nonetheless one positioned in Irving.
Now Armenta is opening Maria’s Mexican Kitchen, within the former Hoffbrau Steak & Grill Home house at 1712 S. College Drive, simply down Riverfront Drive from Tim Love’s Woodshed Smokehouse, and only some blocks from his personal Pacific Desk.
“We’re taking pictures for a January 21 opening,” Armenta tells PaperCity Fort Value.
“I’ve at all times beloved the location, and when it got here accessible round Mom’s Day, it appeared the right alternative. My mom handed virtually two years in the past. It’s named for her ― a thanks to her for all she taught me within the kitchen.”
Maria’s Mexican Kitchen shall be Armenta’s first true Tex-Mex restaurant, though you may get slightly style of it on a few of his different menus. His father nonetheless owns the household restaurant Armenta’s Cafe, with its practically 30 yr historical past, in San Angelo. Felipe Armenta grew up within the kitchen — and his mom’s affect is ever current.
The brand new restaurant will lead with a number of kinds of genuine enchiladas — spicy vera cruz, West Texas cheese and rooster mole.
“My mom’s mole sauce was superb,” Armenta says. Maria’s Mexican Kitchen may even characteristic the signature dish of Armenta’s mother―braised quick ribs.
“At any time when we had firm or a vacation, my mom would make this dish,” the restaurateur says.
Together with quite a lot of what Armenta calls “different on a regular basis Tex-Mex” dishes, shall be his “extra intricate and unique” specials, similar to steamed sea bass in banana leaves and chipotle lime sauce, served with sautéed greens.
For the reason that Maria’s Mexican Kitchen house was the house of Hoffbrau for practically 40 years, Armenta knew he needed to shake off the Brau Chips and wagon wheel decor and begin contemporary.
“We’ve fully gutted it,” he tells PaperCity. The façade not sports activities barn wooden, now it’s a contemporary Spanish mission model.
There shall be seating for 160 inside and one other 80 on the patio, which is now capped by whitewashed cinder block partitions.
“We’re taking part in up the all of the restaurant’s pure mild. The very first thing you’ll see whenever you stroll in is the horseshoe formed full bar,” Armenta says. The previously darkish inside is now brightened by loads of pastel and aquatic tones.
“My mom beloved flowers, so we used colours from some unique flowers as nicely. We wish it to really feel like a spot you may discover in San Miguel de Allende.”
A Style of San Miguel
Inside design is being executed by Kellye Raughton, proprietor and lead designer of Maven on Camp Bowie.
“This design to me is each fashionable and eclectic. I really feel as if we included outdated world, however modernized it. We’ve got introduced in actually elegant textiles, velvets, mohairs and silks,” Raughton tells PaperCity.
The designer selected actually distinctive supplies for the surfaces within the restaurant as nicely. For example, the bar encompass is black and white marble with a brass inlay. “The counter tops are from Concrete Collaborative and have all the colours we’re utilizing within the restaurant,” Raughton says.
Flooring within the fully transformed house is a mixture of black terrazzo and wooden look porcelain. The bar again is smoked mirror and the partitions could have Venetian plaster and wooden paneling on them.
“Among the best elements of visiting San Miguel are the key gardens behind every door. I wished to carry the outside in with vegetation and have the patio really feel as if you might have entered one of many personal gardens,” Raughton says of all of the greenery put in inside.
Felipe Armenta’s new Fort Value restaurant goals to move diners away. As a tribute to his mom and his household’s roots in Mexico, Maria’s Mexican Kitchen is actually opening with loads of coronary heart.