This Beloved Restaurant Gets a Major Revamp
Cork & Fork opened its doors back in 2013 after award-winning Chef Andie Hubka began hosting weekly dinner get-togethers at her cooking school, Cooking with Class. This tapas restaurant in La Quinta offers a unique dining experience unlike any other in the Coachella Valley. Hubka is an expert when it comes to fine wine and food pairings and is a cookbook author, so it’s easy to see how her passions of wine, food and travel have played a role in the creation of Cork & Fork. But in an effort to accommodate the restaurant’s growth in popularity, Hubka will reopen her beloved restaurant at an all-new location in Indio this fall. Cork & Fork’s New Location
The current Cork & Fork is very cozy and intimate. “It’s too small for the business that we have,” Hubka points out. “We have to turn away so many people.” The new restaurant will be three times as large, featuring a spacious outdoor dining area that will accommodate more guests during the desert’s high season. An intimate dining room and patio will also be available for private events and wine dinners. Hubka loves the new location because it’s directly adjacent to her other two restaurants—Heirloom Craft Kitchen and Tu Madres Cantina & Grill.
The new location in Indio will be at the Canopy at Citrus—an all-new outdoor lifestyle village that is currently under construction. Hubka is excited to be a part of this new space and is taking advantage of the change of scenery by rebranding Cork & Fork. “All along, it’s been small plates, shareable dishes and international-style tapas,” she explains. With a larger kitchen and dining area, she will have the capability to expand the restaurant’s offerings to dishes beyond small plates.
The new space will also bring with it a refreshed modern vibe. “The current Cork & Fork has an underground supper club feel–kind of dark and intimate,” says Hubka, “but the new restaurant will be open and bright with a different color palette.” Cork & Fork’s New Location
Cork & Fork is mainly open for dinner now, but it will also be offering a weekend brunch in its new location. As for the menu, popular items like the goat cheese bruschetta and Thai shrimp cakes will remain, but heartier dishes like sandwiches, pasta and fresh seafood will also make an appearance.
As for wine offerings, Hubka says, “We’re known for having unique wines that you can’t find anywhere else.” And since the new location will feature more space, Cork & Fork is set to expand its wine list to include more varieties from all over the world. The new location will also offer a members-only reserve club that will give members access to the restaurant’s own wine vault and special wine-related events throughout the year. With their new full liquor license, culinary cocktails with ingredients made from scratch will also be offered as an alternative.
For the time being, Cork & Fork will be open at the current location all summer long with a special summer prix-fixe menu, in addition to their regular seasonal menu. Hubka says they will also preview some of the new dishes that will be on the menu when the restaurant makes its debut in Indio.
Cork & Fork
47875 Caleo Bay Dr
La Quinta, CA 92253
Canopy at Citrus
Jefferson St & Avenue 50
Indio, CA 92201
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