A new restaurant geared toward putting modern twists on traditional Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui dishes is slated to launch downtown by the end of the year.
Dubbed Barrio Cuisine, the eatery will be located at 188 E. Broadway, in the Julian Drew building on the southwest corner of of East Broadway and South Fifth Avenue.
Owner Kulbinder Gomez, who is opening Barrio with her daughter, Shanti Gomez, said the menu is still being finalized, but the idea came from living for years on reservation land.
Kulbinder’s husband’s family is Pascua Yaqui.
“There is a such a rich culture and history there, yet very minimal representation in Tucson when it comes to the food,” she said.
Kulbinder said the restaurant is an independent venture and not officially affiliated with either tribe.
The plan is to be open by October.