Fort Worth’s Don Artemio makes James Beard Award Finalist
By Scott Nishimura
Don Artemio, the new Fort Worth fine dining restaurant featuring Northeast Mexican dishes with what it calls “contemporary airs,” is a finalist in the James Beard Foundation’s 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards, the foundation said Wednesday.
Don Artemio is one of 10 finalists in the Best New Restaurant category. Winners will be announced at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony, June 5 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Other finalists were Causa in Washington, D.C.; Dept of Culture, New York; Kann, Portland, Ore.; Lupi & Iris, Milwaukee, Wisc.; Neng Jr.’s, Asheville, N.C.; Nolia, Cincinnati, Ohio; Obélix, Chicago; Restaurant Beatrice, Dallas; and Tatemó, Houston.
To be considered, a restaurant must have opened Jan. 1-Sept. 30, last year that “already demonstrates excellence in cuisine, atmosphere, hospitality, and operations, while contributing positively to its broader community, and seems likely to make a significant impact in years to come.” Establishments that opened after Sept. 30 can be considered for the 2024 awards.
Another local restaurant, Goldee’s Barbecue, was up for a Beard award.
Pitmasters and owners Jalen Heard, Lane Milne and Jonny White were up for Best Chef: Texas.
Finalists in that category: Reyna Duong, Sandwich Hag, Dallas; Benchawan Jabthong Painter, Street to Kitchen, Houston; Emiliano Marentes, ELEMI, El Paso; John Russ, Clementine, San Antonio; and Ernest Servantes and David Kirkland, Burnt Bean Co., Seguin.
Other Texas finalists in this year’s competition:
• Outstanding Restaurant: Lucia, Dallas
• Outstanding Bakery: La Casita Bakeshop, Richardson; and Kuluntu Bakery, Dallas
• Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program: Nancy’s Hustle, Houston
• Outstanding Bar: Las Ramblas, Brownsville