River North is getting a Mexican restaurant inside the former BlackFinn AmeriPub courtesy of the owners of Siena Tavern. DineAmic Hospitality Group, which took over the space in November, plans on opening Barrio in late spring, according to the Tribune. The restaurant will feature charred meats from a Mexican robata bar.
DineAmic also owns Prime & Provisions in The Loop, Public House in River North and Bar Siena in West Loop. They recently closed their River North bar Bull & Bear, as co-owner Lucas Stoioff said they were preparing to concentrate on other projects. DineAmic has long been interested in opening a Mexican-inspired restaurant, according to a news release. The menu will also feature American dishes with Mexican twists. The release touts shared plates with paleo-friendly and gluten-free options. Robata bar dishes include Guajillo-glazed Berkshire pork belly and grilled diver scallop with poblano-uni relish.
The 6,000-square-foot restaurant will have room for 200. They’ve divided the space into four areas. One will include an oval-shaped bar. The elevated deck can be divided into private spaces. Then there’s the main dining room and another private space.
Barrio, which means “neighborhood” in Spanish, shares the same building as DineAmic’s Siena Tavern.