Barrio Restaurant and Tapas Bar opened for lunch today to a crowd of folks happy to try new things or get their fix of old faves from the restaurant’s precursors, food carts El Sancho and Soupcon, which used to sit on the corner next to Blacksmith Restaurant.
The owners of the carts, Steven Draheim and Joel Cordes, both classically trained chefs from Bend, are focusing their Spanish-based menu on tapas, or small plates that are to be enjoyed with friends along with beverages, generally of the alcoholic variety.
The restaurant, which is located in the former Gatsby’s spot, was filling fast today at half past noon with customers crowding into the doorway looking for a table.
Old cart standbys like chili glazed yam ($5) and carnitas, fish or vegetarian tacos (2 for $5) were on the lunch menu alongside new dishes that highlight the restaurant’s focus on Latin dishes. On the dinner menu, patrons can expect to see Mediterranean-inspired tapas such as paella, shrimp and roasted red peppers stuffed with Spanish cheeses.
Normal hours for Barrio will go into effect on Monday. In the meantime, catch them open again for lunch tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and tomorrow night for an Art Walk open house from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The sangria will be flowing…