Popular North Beach sports bar the Boardroom moved across the street last April, taking over the long-vacant Capp’s Corner as its radically larger new home. Now its original location at 1609 Powell Street has a replacement in the form of Barrio, a laid back restaurant from a couple of industry veterans.
Chef/partner Tim Milojevich and partner Billy Riordan are behind the tiny spot, which opened quietly in July. The duo met years ago during their time at La Mar Cebiche Peruviana; since then, Riordan has gone on to open Waystone in mid-Market, where he is owner and executive chef, while Milojevich put in stints in Quintana Roo, Mexico, and SF restaurants like Mina Test Kitchen and El Techo.
The short menu of Central and Latin American fare includes dishes like tacos made with fresh blue corn tortillas, cochinita pibil, fried yucca, and quekas (quesadillas). Milojevich imports blue corn from Oaxaca for his fresh tortillas, which are served alongside a menu of craft beers designed by Riordan, who spent years as a bartender at 21st Amendment Brewing. As a result, Riordan is planning lots of beer-focused events and, presumably, beer week shenanigans down the line.
And like its predecessor, sports fans are welcome to settle in for a Giants game on the big screen. Barrio is open Monday- Wednesday from 3 p.m.- 12 a.m. and Sunday- Thursday from 12 p.m.-12 a.m.