On November 13, 2018, SteelCraft flew the 21 shipping containers that make up SteelCraft Garden Grove onto the City-hall adjacent site. The 15,000 square-foot outdoor urban eatery will feature 10 small craft businesses serving: coffee, craft beer, ice cream, macarons, burgers, tacos, Asian-inspired chicken, all-day breakfast, and now to add to the mix, a new Filipino concept, exclusive to SteelCraft Garden Grove.
Barrio (@ocbarrio), the brainchild of the husband and wife duo behind Pueblo in Costa Mesa, is the final concept to join the SteelCraft Garden Grove tenant lineup. Barrio has the timeless and homey feel of Filipino BBQ while taking it to a healthier, elevated level for modern diners.
Founder, Adam Go shared, “We are such believers of food’s ability to bring people together and we would argue there is no place this is more true than in the Philippines. As a born-and-bred Filipino, I have first-hand experience with the joys and pleasures in eating and sharing delicious food with family and friends.”
Ever since they were married on a Philippine island a few years ago, Adam and Sharon Go have had this restaurant idea brewing in the forefront of their minds.
All entrées will be fresh off the grill—Snake River kurobuta pork skewers or free-range organic chicken skewers as the staples, as well as grilled Atlantic salmon or wild Mexican shrimp—served with either a special garlicky rice-quinoa blend or a simply dressed salad and and fried egg. Each plate will include papaya and mango relish and an assortment of house-made sauces. As an appetizer, Barrio will serve Filipino ceviche called ‘Kinilaw.’ Barrio’s refreshing, homemade calamansi (a Philippine citrus) slushie will wash it all down.
SteelCraft founder Kimberly Gros said, “We knew they were the perfect fit for the last space when we saw the thoughtfulness they put into everything on their menu. Barrio is more than an idea for a restaurant; It’s a little taste of their life together.”
Barrio’s entire main menu is gluten-free, dairy-free, and made from the most natural ingredients possible.
The container craning revealed just how large the neighborhood gathering space will be. Complete with stacked and cantilevered containers, Howard CDM, the builder-developer, expertly wedged each container one-by-one into place as members of the City, SteelCraft team and local residents gathered to watch the action.
“It was like ‘Lego SteelCraft’ seeing those massive containers hoisted into the air and meticulously secured into place on top of one another! It’s so exciting to see our SteelCraft Garden Grove taking shape, and very soon, celebrating its grand opening with the entire community,” said Garden Grove Mayor Steve Jones.
The highly-anticipated project will feature an organic garden, an arcade container, and a stage for live performances and events beneath a unique metal shade structure.
Martin D. Howard, president/CEO of Howard CDM said, “Seeing the containers lifted through the air is a terrific culmination of planning, design and collaboration of the whole team—the SteelCraft and Howard CDM team, the City of Garden Grove, Studio One Eleven, Turpin Design Group, our tenants and the community. All the pieces are coming together.”
SteelCraft Garden Grove is slated for grand opening in early 2019.