Barrio to open location in downtown Kent this summer


295 South Water Street, what used to be Newdle Bar, where Barrio will open this summer.

Jorden Shevel

Barrio is bringing its signature tacos, tequila and whiskey to downtown Kent this summer.

The Northeast Ohio taco joint will move into the building at 295 S. Water Street that previously housed The Newdle Bar. In a press release, Barrio said they will fit well into the Kent business community because of their similar values such as community, family, friends and supporting local art.

“We are so excited to see Barrio grow into more neighborhoods in just 7 years since we opened the first in Tremont, Ohio,” said Sean Fairbairn, the owner of Barrio, in the press release. “Our initial intention when opening Barrio was to give Tremont a taco joint, so we are very grateful to introduce Barrio to new neighborhoods where people of all ages can enjoy.”

Barrio is famous for being a build-your-own taco restaurant where people can tailor their tacos to fit their own taste buds. The restaurant features tacos and bowls from a wide array of fresh ingredients such as Coca-Cola marinated steak, Jalapeno lime shrimp, pineapple salsa and queso, among others. Their extended hours also give guests a chance to enjoy tequila, whiskey, beer and tacos late into the night.

Barrio will continue to give updates on the Kent location via their social media channels.

The restaurant will be opening sometime in the summer, but there is no set date yet. The Kent location isn’t going to be the only one to open this year. In a press release, the restaurant stated they plan to expand to nine different locations in four different states, along with their five food trucks and two stands at Progressive Field.

Jorden Shevel covers business. Contact him at [email protected]