Founding Barley Swine and Odd Duck partner chef Sam Hellman-Mass announced in June that he’d be opening Mexican restaurant Suerte in East Austin later this year, and today he announced that he’d be joined in the kitchen by executive chef Fermín Núñez.
Núñez, a former executive chef at Launderette, who has also worked at La Condesa and Uchiko, will help guide a kitchen dedicated to making masa in house, and will create cuisine “inspired by his memories of growing up between north Mexico and south Texas and his travels in Mexico and around the world.”
“Fermín cooks with refined technique and finesse, yet delivers a laid-back experience you truly can’t put into words until you’ve tried it yourself,” Hellman-Mass said. “He has put his heart and soul into creating a menu that makes your world a little bit bigger with each dish you try. I can’t wait for Austin to meet him and see what he’s all about.”
John Michael Williams, a former general manager at Barley Swine, will join Núñez and Hellman-Mass as part of the leadership team, serving as general manager at the restaurant slated to open at 1800 E. Sixth St. in the former home of Dario’s before the end of the year. Instagrammers can keep an eye on what Núñez has in store by following the restaurant @suerteatx.