What started in 2011 as a modest Lakewood cafe (12906 Madison Ave., 216-221-8127) serving almost exclusively Colombian arepas has grown to become one of Northeast Ohio's most adored and unique regional restaurant groups. In 2017, the eatery run by the Vergara family expanded to the east side, with an attractive new location on Larchmere (12718 Larchmere Blvd., 216-938-9301).
Next up for Barroco Arepa Bar and Concert Cafe
is a colorful new location at Crocker Park in Westlake, which is all set to open its doors to the public on Thursday November 15.
“We weren’t even looking to do another restaurant but the opportunity opened up,” says Juan Vergara . “I feel like things are running smoothly at both Barrocos and although a third restaurant was not in our plans, we feel like our concept deserves it. I think we’re going to get great exposure over there. I can’t wait to show off Barroco to a lot of people who don’t know us yet.”
The new restaurant (287 Crocker Park Blvd., 440-641-1283) took over the space that was most recently home to 87 West 2, but the transformation leaves little trace of the former tenant. A full kitchen was installed and, as one can see from the photos, the layout was drastically changed, brightened and improved.
In addition to those addictive arepas, stuffed white corn tortillas served with sauces like chimichurri, spicy peanut and garlic aioli, the restaurant serves up a wide range of Pan-Latin offerings. The menu offers tostadas, tacos and large plates flush with braised, grilled and sauteed meats paired with rice, tostones, plantains and/or beans. All of the above is paired with a full bar.
Barroco Arepa Bar and Concert Cafe serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, typically with a side of live music.