One of Cleveland’s most popular Mexican restaurants and hangout spots, Barrio Tacos, is coming to a closer location to John Carroll’s campus.
The franchise, which is known for their top-notch service, unique atmosphere and custom-designed taco menu, will be replacing Mad Greek at the Cedar-Fairmount intersection.
Mad Greek, which has been in business since 1976, originated on Coventry Road, and has been subject to rumors regarding their closing since early this year. Owner, Chris Chopra, whose father started the popular Greek/Indian cuisine restaurant with his family, kept the restaurant alive serving authentic family recipe cuisines.
Mad Greek officially closed its doors on Sunday, Sept. 4.
The excitement surrounding the opening of Barrio’s newest location is visible in the restaurant’s taco-loving consumers who wait hours for a table opening.
Barrio’s demographic certainly includes John Carroll University students, such as senior Megan Isherwood who stated, “Barrio is one of my favorite spots in Cleveland. All locations have a great atmosphere, great margaritas, and great queso. Barrio is always my go-to.”
Senior Nick Mog added, “I like all the choices Barrio has to offer. I’ve gone there a few times and each time I’ve switched up my taco order.”
Barrio’s build-your-own tacos option sets it apart from many other Mexican restaurants. With a checklist of endless topping combinations, Barrio keeps customers coming back to try new creations.
Barrio Tacos’ owner, Sean Fairbain, is excited about the new location on Cedar-Fairmount and shared with Cleveland.com that, “Cedar-Fairmount is a great neighborhood and Barrio is going to be a great neighbor.”
Interestingly enough, the term “Barrio” translates into “neighborhood” in Spanish.
He also pointed out that the company has been eager to land a location on the East Side since Barrio has only three locations in downtown Cleveland, Tremont and Lakewood.
With the restaurant’s flagship location in Tremont, which opened in 2012, Barrio expanded further to adding a taco stand, alongside ones for Melt and Sweet Moses, in Progressive Field and owns three food trucks.
According to Cleveland.com, Fairbairn is looking to turn the property in 30 to 60 days after the project renovation begins. “As soon as we get the greenlight, we’re going to get in there and get the new place open,” says Fairbairn.
Fairbarin plans to renovate the space by expanding the bar, opening up the dining room and adding a rear garage door to have the back patio extend from the dining room interior.
Sophomore Sierra Donnelly is thrilled about the closer location, saying, “It will be much easier to get my taco and queso-fix since it will be closer to campus.”
Other than the to-die-for queso, taco combos and flavorful margaritas, Barrio is an enticing option for JCU students because it fits the college-student budget.
“Barrio is a great option for college students who are looking for food that’s both affordable and great quality,” said senior Kaylee Quanbeck
With make-your-own tacos at only $3.00 each, and a happy hour on weekdays from 4-7 p.m., it is no wonder Barrio is such a success.
As Cleveland continues to grow into a “foodie” city, Barrio will most likely continue to be a stop on visitors’ lists.
Junior Olivia Siembor shares, “Whenever my family visits Cleveland, I always bring them to Barrio and we always have a great time.”
Fairbairn concludes, “We always look to help build up neighborhoods and feel that the Barrio concept is a great fit for the Cedar-Fairmount neighborhood.”
For more information about the restaurant, visit http://barrio-tacos.com.