First there was Barley & Swine, the popular pork-centric restaurant in Kendall. Then, due to a series of unfortunate events including faulty construction problems, Barley & Swine had to close its doors before its time.
The space soon morphed into a "bad ass sandwich shop" called Barley & Wich while the restaurant sorted out its internal construction issues. Now it's back to being a full fledged restaurant this time dubbed Barley an American Brasserie.
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Owner and Executive Chef Jorgie Ramos opened to the doors to Barley last week after him and the staff learned to work around the construction issues they were facing. Ramos tells us Barley is similar to Barley & Swine but "more refined" and "less swine centric."
Along with the facelift to the space, which includes new floors, tables, and wall fixtures, the name has also been changed to avoid anymore lawsuits. Ramos tells us over the past two years the restaurant has been sued more six times over the name Barley & Swine, and while he won each suit he was "sick of getting sued" after spending close to $80k in legal fees.
As for what you’ll find on Barley’s "New Americana" menu? It rotates almost daily according to Ramos, but expect dishes like Charred Octopus with Roasted Yams and Cherry Tomatoes ($16), Brussel Sprout Hash with Bacon and Onion Marmalade, Blue Cheese and a Fried Egg ($10) and a Roasted Pig Head Board with Ciabatta Bread Sliders and Shishito Peppers ($30).
Rotating specials that quickly gained popularity at Barley & Swine are also back including $4 craft beers and $16 plates of prime rib on Tuesday, half off bottles of wine on Wednesday, and bottomless mimosas on Sundays.
And don’t worry fans of short-lived Barley & Wich, you’ll be able to get your sandwich fix again soon. Ramos tells us that they are already looking for a permanent spot for the sandwich shop in the Kendall area and hope to be open within the next three months.
Barley is open nightly from Tuesday through Saturday with brunch device on Sundays. To make a reservation call 305-397-8678.