I was furious. Some might even say that I was angry on an irrational level when I first found out Toronto hotspot, Valdez, was closing its doors to make room for condo developments in the city. Their sizzling fajitas were to die for!
Well it hasn’t taken Executive Chef Steven Gonzalez very long to resurface with an exciting new venture, Baro. Baro, which is slang for neighbourhood in Spanish, will be a four story building at 485 King West. But before the restaurant opens, Chef Steven and his Latino Street Food Gang are hitting the pavement and going on tour in a brand new food trailer.
“We have this food trailer to allow our signature latin american dishes to stay relevant throughout the summer and keep the team cooking together,” said Chef Steven.
Earlier this month, the gang made a pit stop at Cheese Boutique with a “Gonzalez On Tour” pop up. They served up delicious latin street fare to locals and tested out potential menu items in their flashy new trailer. There were four dishes on hand including Pasteles, Pressed Sandwiches, Trout Cheviche and Chaufa.
“I definitely want to create the same kind of vibe we had at Valdez but with more of a neighbourhood vibe. People can come in and have four floors to choose from. They can come in and have a proper dinner. They can come in and have a drink at the cocktail bar, host an event on the third floor, and if they just want to hang out on the roof top they can do that too,” said Chef Steven.
The trailer will remain open and parked outside of the the restaurant to offer late night eats. A definitive date for Baro’s grand opening has yet to be determined but in the meantime you can check out www.barotoronto.com to find out how you can receive an exclusive opening weekend invitation!
Photography by Jeffrey Chan courtesy of Baro.