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Contigo and Noble Pig on the move

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

Two very popular Austin restaurants will soon expand their reach. Noble Sandwiches (formerly The Noble Pig) has started work on a space at 4805 Burnet Rd. John Bates and Brandon Martinez’s deli in northwest Austin has drawn raves for their duck pastrami, seared beef tongue and Italian sausage sandwiches, as well as their house-made pickles and charcuterie. No word on opening date.

Open-air restaurant and bar Contigo has drawn steady crowds with their ranch-inspired cuisine out near the Mueller development. Owners Ben Edgerton and chef Andrew Wisehart have signed a lease for a location on East Sixth Street and have tentative plans to open their next restaurant in 2014. There’s no word yet on the concept, but I’m hoping Wiseheart, who makes a killer ox tongue slider, hems toward some of the light fare he exhibited at the Austin Food and Wine Festival’s Taste of Texas event this year, where he served a puffed rice chip topped with fresh shaved fennel from Austin’s Johnson Backyard Garden, pine nuts, and a complex, Thai-inspired vinaigrette of coconut water, ginger, fish sauce, kaffir lime juice and mint.