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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Barrio opens for business

Sangria flowing in old Gatsby's location.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 11:01 PM

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…

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Spork's Next Pop-Up Supper Club This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Spork is following up their successful two-day December pop-up restaurant with another pop-up this weekend, January 8 and 9. Basically the same deal as before: Spork will take over Cafe Sintra's space for two nights.

I wrote about Spork's supper club last month, which you can read here. This time the Spork folks are serving five more substantial courses instead of seven small ones.

The menu is as follows:

-House kimchi consomme, fried Willapa Bay oyster, local corn shoots
-Spanish chorizo and jamon broth, toasted farro, Brussels sprouts, bacon, apple

-Pacific blue prawns, jicama, coconut achiote cream

-Bourbon and root beer braised Carlton Farms Oregon pork belly, grit croquetta, shiso

-Apple pie milkshake

Tickets are $44 (includes gratuity) and can be purchased on brown paper tickets.

If you missed the first Spork pop-up supper club, I highly recommend attending. If you attended, you don't need my recommendation. Hell, I'd go just to try the apple pie milkshake.

One last note: after the Spork article ran, we heard that a few people thought Cafe Sintra was closing and Spork was taking over. This is not true -- the owner of Cafe Sintra offered his space for Spork's supper club, as Cafe Sintra does not utilize its space in the evenings. Neighbors working together, one pop-up restaurant at a time.

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