But it was a very un-nice place to go for tuna ceviche and a Mexican wine flight on a leisurely power lunch. Those things didn’t happen there.
Well, it’s back now, and...
The new incarnation of The Barrel Room’s over in FiDi—this time around, as a spot with a menu of Latin stuff. (Uh, for now.) It’s soft-opening Thursday. Here’s the slideshow.
Inside: air plants, sunlight, wood-planked walls. It’s a good spot for a late power lunch or happy-hour-into-dinner situation. Once there, make your way past the redwood-topped bar to a back table under the massive skylight and glass-globe chandelier.
There’s a heavy Latin American focus on the menu. Until there’s not—in three months, it’ll be Italian. Another three, something else. For now, lunch means ahi-tuna ceviche, fish tacos and the burger with oaxaca cheese and red-onion-bacon jam. Remember: it’s a burger with a ticking clock.
Drink-wise, wine flights are the way to go—Chilean reds, Argentine Bordeaux blends... or try the California vs. South America blind comparison “challenge.” There are no losers.
And eventually, there will be a speakeasy bar downstairs in an old bank vault.
Allegedly, basement bank vaults used to hold money and stuff.