Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza No Longer a Partner at Barrio Queen in Scottsdale

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Nikki Buchanan
Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza
Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza of Barrio Cafe in Phoenix has a lot going on right now, including plans for a new restaurant in Gilbert and a fast-casual concept on the west side of town.

What she doesn't have to worry about anymore is Barrio Queen, the Scottsdale restaurant she opened in 2012.

"All I'm free to say is I'm gone," Esparza tells us. "I'm no longer involved in the restaurant."

See also: Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza Has Plans for Fast Casual Restaurant on the West Side

Esparza posted has a formal statement about the news on her Facebook page. You can read it in its entirety on the next page. The chef says she's not able to comment further on the details regarding her departure from the restaurant at this time.

Barrio Queen opened in Old Town Scottsdale in 2012, though it was originally one of two concepts that chef opened in the former Metro Brasserie space. In what's now the Barrio Queen dining room, Esparza tried to start a fancier sister restaurant called Silvana Bistro. She closed that restaurant after about a month to focus on the Barrio Queen.

And the bump didn't stop the restaurant from achieving early success. That year it was named one of the 20 best new restaurants of the year by Esquire magazine.

For now, Esparza says she's headed to Mexico for some rest and relaxation.

Location Info

Barrio Queen Tequileria

7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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19 comments
Charlotte Thomas
Charlotte Thomas

Typo. Come on you guys, how hard is it to spell "Scottsdale"?

Thomas Fey
Thomas Fey

She is only leaving the one in Scottsdale

Shawn Lopez
Shawn Lopez

Could be the starter bread and salsa come on

Conor O'Lowney
Conor O'Lowney

I know. I don't understand. I'm sure we will find out what happened. :(

Kyong Rhee
Kyong Rhee

NO Barrio Cafe in Gilbert. Barrio Cafe and Barrio Queen are completely separate. She has departed from the queen in Scottsdale NOT the Barrio Cafe in Phx. The cafe if preparing to expand.

Candace Porth
Candace Porth

For a vacation! She stated that Barrio Cafe is being expanded and she will remain owner of that.

SharonSalomon
SharonSalomon

She is not leaving Barrio Café! She will still be at Barrio and at the Barrio at the airport. Barrio Café is intact and she continues to run that restaurant. The article is about Barrio Queen.


Alex Zarate
Alex Zarate

I think Scottsale is Spanglish....see article Kassandra Kaili Hansen

Clara Engel
Clara Engel

Barrio Cafe is the only Mexican restaurant that I like in Arizona!! So sorry you are leaving.

Jennifer Salazar
Jennifer Salazar

She has way too many things going on. Quality and service is severely slipping at Barrio Cafe.

David Lambard
David Lambard

She's ready to travel south of the border searching for happyness.

Ryan Abbott
Ryan Abbott

Thank you Silvana! And thanks to Edgar and the staff, BQ has been our favorite neighborhood restaurant since the beginning. We look forward to your next adventure.

Kyong Rhee
Kyong Rhee

She is not leaving AZ, only going on vacation

Tina Dea
Tina Dea

She stated she's leaving Arizona as well

Lm Turner Nieves
Lm Turner Nieves

Conor, this literally put a crack in my heart. She wont be involved in the Gilbert location, so pow! I won't be either :(

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