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Follow those tamales: a Fort Worth shop is moving to Parker County

Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen in Fort Worth makes turkey-and-dressing tamales with giblet gravy. Yes, really.
Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen in Fort Worth makes turkey-and-dressing tamales with giblet gravy. Yes, really. bud@star-telegram.com

Locally owned Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen, a mother-and-daughter shop that began as a tamale caterer and expanded to a restaurant, has ended dining service in Fort Worth in favor of catering orders before a 2019 move to Willow Park, owner Crystal Padilla said in a Facebook Live announcement.

Wednesday was the last day for the dining side of Mariposa’s, which remains open to pick up orders of the restaurant’s popular turkey-and-dressing tamales and other flavors. The space is available for events through summer 2019, she said.

Mariposa’s had previously announced a move to Willow Park North, a new shopping center planned to open next year behind the Shops at Willow Park.

Mariposa’s is the first restaurant tenant in the new center. The land was formerly the Trinity Meadows Raceway pari-mutuel horse track.

“This was a year-and-a-half decision,” Padilla said: “We love Fort Worth and will continue to serve Fort Worth.”


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The location at 5724 Locke Ave. continues for customers to pick up tamale orders and for catering and events, she said.

The change and move to Willow Park were first reported by 360 West Magazine.

Like crosstown Enchiladas Ole near Race Street, Mariposa’s expanded from catering and made a reputation as a unique, local Mexican restaurant with distinctive ceviches, platters, sauces and desserts.

Padilla and her mother, Irma Gamez, founded the business in 2012 after 15 years as Irma’s Catering. Gamez’s family had owned a Lubbock restaurant, and she once worked at the old Balcony fine-dining restaurant.

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