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Barrio - Gone

Otonabee Jan 5, 2008 11:08 AM

So this morning we thought that we would go to Barrio for brunch but the sign was gone and the place was locked up tight. Anyone know what happened?

  1. fruglescot Jan 5, 2008 11:52 AM

    They've closed?

    1. deelicious Jan 5, 2008 01:12 PM

      They wouldn't give you bread with your eggs!

      Watch out Urbano!

      ; )

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        pescatarian Jan 5, 2008 01:58 PM

        haha - not surprising re Barrio really, it was briefly good but went downhill

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          millygirl Jan 5, 2008 05:28 PM


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        embee Jan 5, 2008 07:08 PM

        Although I know some of you loved the place, and especially the brunch, they went way downhill after the original partners split. Prices rose, food got much less interesting, and much of the place - especially the upholstery - got really dirty. It's a loss to the neighbourhood, but cutting quality and maintenance while raising prices to compensate for declining business is never a winning formula.

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          seeldee Jan 6, 2008 06:01 AM

          While at the Mercury last night I heard that Barrio is, apparently, only closed briefly to take care of a sewage leak in the basement. I seem to recall something similar happening to Kubo in the fall, no? Anyway, even if that is the case, why did they take the sign down? Just weird.

          BTW, while there for brunch in the fall I was served a chicken cutlet that was completely raw in the middle. I was seated in the back part of the restaurant, where it's pretty dark, and didn't catch it right away. Although the manager was very good about clearing everything up (my replacement meal was comped, my brunch buddy and I were offered whatever we wanted from the bar for free for the rest of our meal and I was given free apps on my next visit - pretty good!), I never felt totally comfortable there again...

          Will I miss Barrio? Nope, not a bit.

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            ostracario Jan 6, 2008 06:05 AM

            I hate to agree with you, because I used to love the place, but things certainly had changed at Barrio. Perhaps they're closed for renovations?

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              shana Jan 7, 2008 12:02 PM

              I'm so depressed it was our usual brunch spot - the neptune benedict with crab and those little deep fried homefries with chipolte mayo were delicious. Drat.

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              Food Tourist Jan 9, 2008 12:37 PM

              That's funny - our chicken cutlet at brunch a few months ago was severely overcooked. Other than that, I had always said Barrio has the best brunch in town. They once served me a perfect crepe with figs, and a perfect fruit salad on the side. It was beyond excellent that day.

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              bennytoronto Jan 8, 2008 07:59 AM

              answering machine says closed for renos. opening back up again late january.

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                embee Jan 8, 2008 09:08 AM

                I just walked by and they don't look out of business. Perhaps they are doing some much needed fix-ups.

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                  james Jan 8, 2008 08:24 PM

                  Closed for some plumbing stuff is what they said next door. Hopefully they'll give the place a good scrub while they're at it!

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                    millygirl Jan 9, 2008 05:46 AM

                    You can say that again!!!

                2. Finnegan Jan 11, 2008 10:55 AM

                  Strange that they would go to the effort of removing their overhead sign if they were just doing renos...unless by reno they mean they're starting up an entirely new restaurant. Personally I liked the shabby chic look, it was the food that was truly in need of a reno

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                    singe Jan 23, 2008 04:41 AM

                    I'm sure most of you hounds have noticed that Barrio is open again...and packin' 'em in again too. The sign looks all shiny and new...can't say about the inside, as I don't go there anymore...too much 'tude from the girls behind the bar.

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