Chalk up another tenant for The Barlow. Cinco by Sabor Mexicano is moving in, and bringing with it farm-to-table Mexican food and cocktails, focusing on the cuisine of south Jalisco.
It’s a bit of a Bay Area migration for the 12.5 acre culinary and arts center in downtown Sebastopol, since the chef-owner is Jorge Saldana, a Jalisco-born entrepreneur who also owns contemporary fast-casual restaurants Tlaloc in San Francisco and Cancun Taqueria in Berkeley.
He also owns Sabor Mexicano Farm in Sonoma County and the Berkeley-based Sabor Mexicano line of food products.
With an opening slated for early next year, the menu is still in development, but Saldana promises organic ingredients, down to the cocktails made with fresh juice and organic infusions.
It’s a good bet recipes will include Sabor Mexicano brand things like California grown whole corn chips and salsas, to complement grilled meats and handmade tortillas. Much of the produce will come from Saldana’s 130-acre farm next to Armstrong Redwoods Park in Guerneville.
Taking over space next door to the La Follette wines tasting room, Cinco is the latest in a number of recent leases for The Barlow, leaving it with just four empty tenant spaces out of nearly three dozen. Not bad for an ambitious project that many critics said would never get to its grand opening just a year ago.
Cinco by Sabor Mexicano: 180 Morris Street, Suite 150, Sebastopol; sabormexicano.com.
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