BY: Kaylyn Hlavaty
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio – Barrio is the go-to place for everything tacos and margaritas in Cleveland. Filling out the circles to choose cheeses, proteins, and toppings become sort of a fun creation to ‘build your own taco masterpiece.’
Just in time for Taco Tuesday and Fat Tuesday, Barrio is now making handcrafted tacos available to the residents of Cedar-Fairmount in Cleveland Heights.
Business partners Tom Leneghan and Sean Fairbairn wanted to expand their business to Cleveland Heights because it was an area with high traffic from the university and hospitals.
“We looked at about 100 places before settling on this location. Because Barrio means ‘neighborhood’, Cedar-Fairmount seemed like the fit because it encompasses good energy and good people,” said Fairbairn.
One common theme throughout all the Barrio locations is the sense of art. From the paintings on the walls to specialized metalwork sculptures and railings, Fairbairn believes the attention to detail is important, which is why he employs the original Barrio artist, Michael Mcnamara, to use his vision to produce an inviting space for guests.
Mcnamara, commonly referred to as Mac, has done all the artwork in the Barrio locations. For those who frequent the Tremont location, he painted the woman holding the martini glass on the side of the building. He explained how his wall paintings take the customer through a journey of life and death. An important piece of culture throughout Mexico known as Day of the Dead.
“While living in Houston, I got a lot of inspiration from the Mexican influence there. At all the Barrio locations, it starts with a man on a bike and how he meets a woman and together they go through the stages of marriage, children, and death together,” said Mac.
From the tacos to the drinks and the atmosphere in between, Barrio has a loyal growing of followers lining up at the doors, sometimes even on a two-hour wait. To date, Barrio has employed 300 people throughout the five locations.
“We focus on the quality of food and taking care of our customer. I wanted to have a place where families can bring their children and have food that is at an affordable price point,” Fairbairn said. “I think that’s why we have managed to succeed and continue to grow.”
Cedar-Fairmount location: 2466 Fairmount Avenue, Cleveland Heights
Title: Cedar Fairmount Hard Hat Party
Location: Cedar Fairmount Business District
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Description: The Cedar Fairmount Business District and Future Heights is hosting a Hard Hat Party on Friday, April 28th from 5 – 8 pm. The long awaited Cedar Fairmount Streetscape Project has begun and we want to share it with you. The Hard Hat Party will be a celebration of what’s to come.
Merchants will offer specials to all who purchase a hard hat and wear it during the event. There will be children’s activities, music, hard hat decorating, a raffle, cup cake decorating, and fun for all.
So come on down to Cedar Fairmount, watch us change and have fun with us on Friday, April 28th from 5 – 8 pm.
Start Time: 05:00 pm
End Time: 08:00 pm
Barrio’s long anticipated opening has arrived at 2466 Fairmount Blvd. After a ribbon cutting ceremony with Cleveland Heights Mayor Stevens on Tuesday, February 28th the doors opened to show a fun atmosphere with walls covered in black and white murals of skeletons riding bikes, drinking tequila and just having fun created by artist, Michael McNamara of Tremont. The casual atmosphere is welcoming and the friendly staff and music inviting. Barrio’s offers custom designed tacos with your favorite fixing. Choose from hard or soft, corn or flour, braised beef or spicy, house made Chorizo sausage and on and on.You can select as many or few toppings as you would like. There are countless Vegan and veggie items to choose from. A weekend brunch on Saturday and Sundays from 11 am – 3 pm offers special items such as Biscuit & Gravy Bowl, French Toast Bowl and Chick and Waffles. This is the fourth location in the Cleveland area; other locations are on Prospect in Cleveland, Lakewood, and Tremont. Hours are Monday – Thursday 4 pm – 2 am; Friday – Sunday 11 am – 2 am. Happy Hour at the bar is from 4 – 7 pm. Barrios was voted the best restaurant in downtown Cleveland. Its food truck is available for special events. The Cedar Fairmount Improvement District and the businesses and professionals in the area are delighted to welcome Barrio’s to Cedar Fairmount and the “Gateway to the Heights:”!
Appletree Books, an independent book store in Cedar Fairmount, announces February events. Their store hours are: Tuesday – Wednesday, 10 am – 6pm, Thursday – Friday, 10 am – 8 pm. Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm. Closed Monday and Sunday. The store’s windows will spotlight the important word done by “Seeds of Literacy to address literacy in Cleveland.
Thurs., Feb. 2 – Sat., Feb. 25:
Photography exhibit by internationally published
travel photographer Alex ShalandFri., Feb. 3, 6-8pm:
Meet the Artist:
join us for prosecco and cheese
with photographer Alex ShalandThurs., Feb. 9, 6-8pm:
Reception with Seeds of Literacy
celebrate their efforts to grow adult literacy in our areaFri., Feb. 10, 6-7:30pm:
Discussion with writer and personal historian
Sarah Kappus Peck
on “Telling Your Story”Mon., Feb. 13, 7-9pm:
Books in a Bar: Southern Writers
Join Appletree staff member Paul Ryland
at Nighttown for a discussion of
novel Salvage the BonesThurs., Feb. 16, 6:30-8pm:
Meet the Author: Photographer Lauren Pacini
discusses and signs copies of Preserving the Shaker Parklands: The Story of the Nature Center
at Shaker Lakes
Presentation begins at 7pm