New taco, tequila restaurant to open in downtown Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A brand new restaurant specializing in tacos, tequila and whiskey is predicted to open in downtown Grand Rapids in Could.

Barrio Tacos, a Cleveland-based franchise with Michigan areas in East Lansing and Traverse Metropolis, acquired approval Thursday from the Grand Rapids Planning Fee to open a location at 37 Ottawa Ave. NW contained in the renovated Helmer constructing.

That includes tacos, chips and salsa, guacamole and extra, Barrio has a “quick paced, full of life and enjoyable” environment, mentioned Jake Hawley, proprietor of Barrio’s Michigan eating places. “If you stroll by way of our doorways, you’ll discover that each one of our partitions are hand painted with murals, which is one thing that actually units us aside” he mentioned. “There’s a very artwork pushed factor to our idea.”

Work has began on the murals within the Grand Rapids location, which is positioned adjoining to the 130-room AC Lodge by Marriott and a brief stroll from Van Andel Area. The restaurant, which has indoor seating for 130 individuals and a 60-person out of doors patio, will search to capitalize on the crowds who go to downtown for live shows and different particular occasions, Hawley mentioned.

“They’ve already began portray a band with a crowd,” he mentioned, referencing the artists engaged on the restaurant’s mural. “You stroll in and really feel the neighborhood.”

Barrio, as of in the present day, has 13 eating places and 6 meals vans in Ohio, Michigan, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Along with the Grand Rapids location, the corporate is planning a location, anticipated to open in 2023, within the $250M Adelaide Level improvement on Muskegon Lake. Hawley additionally mentioned Barrio is eyeing a contemplating a location in downtown Kalamazoo, and the purpose is to open that house earlier than the tip of the 12 months. He mentioned extra areas could possibly be thought-about elsewhere in Grand Rapids or the town’s surrounding communities.

Along with meals, the restaurant has a full bar specializing it tequila, whiskey, craft cocktails and margaritas.

“From the meals aspect, it’s all about freshness,” he mentioned, describing Barrio’s menu, which features a host of taco choices and toppings akin to jalapeno lime shrimp, pulled pork and Thai chili tofu. “We prep every part in home recent every day, and we make the most of plenty of actually, actually daring flavors inside our recipes.”

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