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Latin American eatery coming to Brick Walk

Updated 12:03 pm, Wednesday, January 2, 2013
  • Baro New World Cantina, a Latin American restaurant, is expected to open in the spring at 1229 Post Road in the Brick Walk commercial development. The eatery, in the former space for Vino & Mare on the Brick Walk, will be run by Juan and Richard Reyes, brothers whose family also owns Mezon Tapas Bar & Restaurant, Amigos Deli and Minas Carne Restaurant, all in Danbury. Photo: Michael C. Juliano/Staff Photo
    Baro New World Cantina, a Latin American restaurant, is expected to open in the spring at 1229 Post Road in the Brick Walk commercial development. The eatery, in the former space for Vino & Mare on the Brick Walk, will be run by Juan and Richard Reyes, brothers whose family also owns Mezon Tapas Bar & Restaurant, Amigos Deli and Minas Carne Restaurant, all in Danbury. Photo: Michael C. Juliano/Staff Photo

 

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The Brick Walk may have a Latin American accent this spring.

Brothers Juan and Richard Reyes plan to open a restaurant called "baro New World Cantina" in the space formerly occupied by Vino & Mare in the Brick Walk shopping complex, 1229 Post Road.

"We're hoping for early spring, sometime in April or May," Richard Reyes said. "We feel there is a great need for Latin food throughout Fairfield County because there's so much emphasis on Mexican food."

He said the new eatery will be an attempt to "showcase all of Latin America" by featuring cuisine from Brazil, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Peru and Cuba.

"The general concept is to serve Latin food in a small-plate format," he said.

Reyes said the restaurant's name comes from "barro," the Spanish word for red clay, used in making pottery throughout Latin America.

The brothers signed a 10-year lease for the space. Tommy Febbraio and Vince Byrne of the Febbraio Group of Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate represented them and the landlord, Brick Walk Associates, in the transaction.

The 3,072-square-foot venue is undergoing a $500,000 renovation to create a restaurant with a 120-seat main dining room, a private dining room with over 40 seats and a 30-seat outdoor patio, Richard Reyes said. It will also have a seviche bar serving seafood and an anticuchos bar featuring small Peruvian plates.

"They will be lively, up-beat bars where patrons can get face-to-face with a couple of the chefs," he said. "The place is a really significant space so we want to breathe new life into it and bring that Latin American spirit into the dining room."

The restaurant will also offer regular-size entrees throughout the restaurant as well as chef's specials at a 10 to 12-seat community table, he said. A group may also order a Latin American "family dinner" at that table, provided it is ordered 24 hours in advance.

"It would be a large-dinner format, which may include a whole roasted suckling pig or something of that nature with Latin sides such as rice, plantains, yuca," he said.

The menu, which is still in the works, will also include fresh mesa tacos, Reyes said.

"We'll be grinding the corn in the house," he said.

The establishment, which will also offer "an extensive wine and cocktail program using modern mixology," will serve lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and brunch and dinner on Sunday, he said.

The brothers, both Danbury natives, also own the Danbury establishments Amigos Deli, founded by their father Luis Reyes in 1991, and Mezon Tapas Bar & Restaurant, opened in 2010. The family also bought Minas Carne Restaurant, also in Danbury, in 2008.

Restaurants that offer small-dinner plates, such as tapas bars, have become popular in recent years because it allows food enthusiasts to sample different foods, said Linda Kavanaugh, director of the New England Culinary Group.

"We crave more flavors, variety and sharing," she said.

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