Barrio Cafe’s Silvana Salcido Esparza bows out of planned Gilbert location

Barrio Tequileria in Gilbert is a no-go. Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, owner of Central Phoenix's award-winning Barrio Cafe, decided to back away from the downtown Gilbert location after signing a letter of intent six months ago. Lease negotiations with the landlord were dragging on, since he took issue with the restaurant name -- he wanted her to call it Barrio Gilbert, and thought "Tequileria" sounded too much like a bar ...

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Barrio Cafe chef Silvana Salcido Esparza is heading to SouthBridge

A little chunk of Old Town Scottsdale’s most desirable real estate is turning into the barrio. Silvana Salcido Esparza, award-winning chef-owner of Central Phoenix’s Barrio Cafe, is verging on a deal to take over the SouthBridge space that previously housed Metro Brasserie. She plans to divide the long, narrow restaurant into two different concepts, coming in November. At the north end of the space, adjacent to the patio, ...

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