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2. Silvana Salcido Esparza of Barrio Cafe, Barrio Urbano, and Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva:
"I dedicated my career to the memory of my Mexican gourmet mother, baking father, and chingona grandmother Silvana. I dedicated my career to the betterment of my culture through my food."
2. Silvana Salcido Esparza of Barrio Cafe, Barrio Urbano, and Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva: "I dedicated my career to the memory of my Mexican gourmet mother, baking father, and chingona grandmother Silvana. I dedicated my career to the betterment of my culture through my food."
Evie Carpenter

Barrio Urbano at The Yard on Seventh Street to Close June 29

Barrio Urbano at The Yard on Seventh Street will close this Thursday — the latest in a series of openings and closings in what has become Phoenix's most dynamic restaurant district.

In a statement on Facebook, Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza says she's not positive why the spot is closing.

"I don’t know exactly. I was never really the owner there, although the concept is 100% MINE (so I get to keep it and open it where and how I want)….They wanted breakfast so I gave them Huevos Divorciados, Vampiros, Torrejas y pinche Menudo (7 days a week, all day long!!!)."

She acknowledges that the location was part of the problem, given that there was no signage in front. The increasing number of restaurants in the vicinity likely contributed as well.

Silvana Esparza says she is researching her new concept, Nopalero (to be housed at her Barrio Gran Reserva on Grand Avenue) and she's also working on three books. In addition, she continues to focus on her personal health.

She signed off this way:

"Thank you to all of those who helped make Barrio Urbano a special place. Mil gracias to Ivette. Eres lo Maximo y te quiero un chingo.

"Y mil gracias to all the raza that would drive from the westside for menudo. Don’t think that I didn’t notice you. I have you in mind with my next concept."

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