Barrio Tacos to Open Doors in Downtown Grand Rapids

Bringing tacos, tequila, and whiskey to the historic 37 Ottawa

April 21, 2021

Cleveland-based taqueria, Barrio, has announced its first West Michigan location on the first floor of 37 Ottawa in Downtown Grand Rapids. Barrio is expected to bring its signature build-your-own-taco selection to Grand Rapids in Fall 2021.

With more than 10 locations scattered throughout the Midwest and Northeast, Barrio has established a brand that stands out as boldly as its menu. Of these locations, there is one other Michigan location in East Lansing.

Barrio offers a variety of tequilas, whiskeys, and beers in addition to their build-your-own-taco experience. The combination of the two makes it a great place for a quick bite before a concert or a casual night out with friends.

The restaurant will occupy 4,500 SF on the first floor. Since the building’s completion in 2019, CWD Real Estate has been careful about selecting the perfect restaurant to bring to the city. "We could not be more excited to open our next restaurant in Downtown Grand Rapids,” says Jake Hawley, Owner of Barrio. “This is such a vibrant and eclectic community and I think that Barrio will be a perfect fit. Barrio offers a high-energy atmosphere that will work perfectly in an entertainment district. We look forward to serving flavorful tacos and hand-crafted margaritas to residents of Grand Rapids."

The addition of Barrio at 37 Ottawa will help connect the various destinations throughout the city and act as a bridge for foot traffic moving from one portion of the city to the next. “Barrio’s casual menu, drink selection, and lively decor is a great addition to the Core Downtown, Hotel District, and the Entertainment District,” says Scott Wierda, Managing Partner of CWD. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Jake Hawley and his team to the city’s dining scene.”

The 37 Ottawa building recently saw a full restoration and renovations. Since the project’s completion, the building has welcomed a variety of businesses to the downtown area, including Trellis, AmWINS Group, Korte and Kowatch, and more. Today, the 37 Ottawa building offers some of the most unique Class-A loft office spaces in Grand Rapids.

The addition of Barrio to the area complements the surrounding event venues like Van Andel Arena, 20 Monroe Live, and the DeVos Convention Center, as well as nearby hotels like the neighboring AC Hotel, Amway Grand Plaza, JW Marriott, and more.

Barrio will be located on the first floor of 37 Ottawa and will offer both indoor and outdoor seating. The taqueria is expected to open its doors this Fall at 37 Ottawa Ave NW in Downtown Grand Rapids.


CWD Real Estate Investment is a leading, local real estate investment and property management firm in Grand Rapids. Formed in 2008 by partners Sam Cummings, Scott Wierda, and Dan DeVos, CWD commits to strengthening the urban center and community of Grand Rapids by making strategic investments that provide high-quality places to work, eat, shop, live, and be entertained.