BATA restaurant to open new European-inspired basement bar in Downtown Tucson

A brand new basement bar can be opening up in Downtown Tucson this Saturday.

Barbata is a downstairs addition to chef Tyler Fenton’s restaurant, BATA, which lately made Bon Appetit Journal’s
record of the nation’s
prime 50 new eating places of 2022.

Whereas BATA affords an upscale foodie expertise impressed by European delicacies, Fenton mentioned barbata can have a extra enjoyable and informal ambiance impressed by that continent’s ingesting tradition.

“The menu is not going to have as a lot meals because the restaurant’s menu,” he mentioned. “However the entire thought is that it’s approachable.”

The delicacies, which he calls “snack-entric,” was deliberately created to pair with drinks. There can be 9 totally different small plates of meals starting from “a Spanish tortilla with aioli, to Cantabrian anchovies with
additional virgin olive oil and lemon, to beef tartare with burned bread
aioli, mustard
greens, and toasted potato breadcrumbs.”

The bar affords a big selection of spirits to go with their appetizers together with a curated collection of vermouths, sherries, and amari, in addition to 9 signature cocktails which Fenton described as elevated variations of basic combined drinks. For instance, they are going to be serving a “riff off” of an Previous Usual with small batch bourbon, bitter, smoke and single-hive honey from the San Xavier Co-Op Farm. They will even supply objects reminiscent of martinis with locally-made bitters and modernized variations of the negroni and cobblers.

If you happen to choose one thing much less adventurous, there can be 4 wines by the bottle, 9 wines served by the glass, 4 beer choices and a cider out there as properly.

In case you have room for dessert, you may pair your drink with Basque cheesecake
and a cream puff with embered cream.

In contrast to the restaurant upstairs, patrons will not must make reservations to take pleasure in barbata.

“Folks will have the ability to come out and in,” Fenton mentioned. “It is a spot
the place you may are available in and begin your night time or finish your night time with some
dessert. We wish it to be an entryway to BATA.”

Though the 1,000 square-foot area shares the economic theme of BATA, Fenton labored with craftsmen from Midton Artisans to create a definite ambiance from the restaurant by utilizing lighter, brighter woods that create a distinction from the concrete flooring.

The room can be sparsely furnished with smooth stools and excessive tables. The venue has seating for 25 and standing room for 20.

A Tucson native, Fenton can also be co-owner of the 2 places of Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink. The Pennington Road restaurant additionally has a basement bar, the Robust Luck Membership.

Fenton mentioned his crew has labored laborious to perform their objective and he’s eager for a optimistic opening night.

The opening can be on Saturday starting 4:30 p.m within the basement of the Nineteen Thirties warehouse at 35 E. Toole Ave.

“We can’t have a celebration or something like that, however we’re wanting
ahead to opening our doorways and provides folks a heat welcome,” Fenton

Cannot make it to the opening? Take a look at Barbata on one of many following days: Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m.