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An Argentinian Restaurant Serving Wood-Fired Dishes Opens This Spring in Core City

Argentinian wood-fire restaurant Barda, from chef Javier Bardauil, opens this spring in the former Magnet space

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Argentinian restaurant Barda, from chef Javier Bardauil, opens this spring at the former Magnet space in Detroit’s Core City neighborhood, the Detroit News reports.

The Detroit restaurant group behind Takoi and Magnet dissolved last summer. Chef Brad Greenhill and developer Philip Kafka ended their partnership under the umbrella group Top Young Hospitality due in part to the economic strains of the pandemic. Takoi remains open with Greenhill as its sole owner.

Expect the menu at Barda (Bardauil’s nickname) to feature Argentinian wood-fired vegetable, meat, and seafood dishes paired with wines from the region and amaro, like Fernet. Assisting Bardauil in the kitchen and with navigating Detroit’s culinary scene will be chef de cuisine Michael Goldberg (Allenby Detroit).

“We’re going to celebrate the Argentinian style of cooking,” Bardauil told Detroit News. “The gathering around fire with a very honest and simple approach, and it’s going to be seasonal. Nothing fancy. I’m really expecting that people have fun here, as I have in the kitchen. I like to laugh. I like to enjoy what I’m doing all the time. That’s my goal.”

Bardauil, who was born in Buenos Aires and had aspirations of opening a wood-fire restaurant upon moving to Detroit in 2019, continues to host private events and presently works as a private chef in the Bloomfield Hills area as he works toward opening Barda this spring.

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