Fans of James Beard award-nominated chef Silvana Salcido Esparza have waited months to find out when she'll open the doors at her highly anticipated new restaurant, Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva. The restaurant, located at 1301 West Grand Avenue, will seat only about two dozen diners, but will offer an entirely different style of cooking and dining that the chef says has "been in [her] head for 14 years."
Starting at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, May 18, you'll be able to start making online reservations at the soon-to-open dining destination, and now we know the official opening date. Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva will host its first service on Friday, June 3. An announcement about the opening date will be posted at the Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva website later this morning, along with a live OpenTable link for diners to make reservations.
And by the way, reservations are expected to fill up quickly. So if you want to be one of the first to check out the new space, we'd recommend you act fast.
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Esparza says the menu at Gran Reserva will feature many of the dishes diners have come to know and love at the Barrio Cafe, the celebrated upscale Mexican restaurant she opened in central Phoenix more than a decade ago. She expects about two-thirds of the Gran Reserva menu to comprise dishes from the original restaurant, while the remaining third will be used to feature rare regional Mexican ingredients. With a small dining room to serve, the chef plans to source things like fresh seafood from Baja Mexico and dozens of types of chiles — including some not found elsewhere in the Valley. Esparza is also making her own chorizo for the restaurant, and will continue to infuse traditional Mexican fare with her signature European-inspired style of cooking.
Unlike the chef's other restaurants, Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva will offer tasting menus, which the chef says will be priced between $35 to $60. Dishes can be paired with wines from a list that features exclusively Mexican wines or with cocktails from the restaurant's bar, which will focus on agave spirits such as mezcal and tequila.
For more information about the restaurant, check out our sneak peek inside the space.
To make reservations, visit the Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva website.