In celebration of their recent alcohol license and extended opening hours (now open for Wednesday dinner too!) we caught up with Barrio Byron Bay's co-owner and international cocktail expert, Dan Wylie...
Where do you live in Byron and how long have you been here?
I live in Bangalow. I first came to Byron Bay in 2006 and fell in love with the area. I lived here for a few years and have been trying to find a way to move back permanently ever since!
How long have you been working at Barrio?
We started working on the concept in June 2017 and opened December 2017.
What was the attraction of Habitat for Barrio, and how do you support the Live, Work, Play ethos?
The sustainability aspect drew us to Habitat - the location and the community. At Barrio we build community through our food. We do this by forming genuine trust in relationships through our farmers and serving food that embraces the seasons.
What can visitors expect to find on the menu?
Barrio takes its influence from the wood-fired oven and charcoal grill, a great culinary tradition that enhances flavour and respects the virtues of the product. [Head chef] Francisco Smoje’s cooking is authentic without clinging to convention – working with traditions, but also bringing a new palate of flavour to the Byron Bay dining scene.
The breakfast and lunch menu is designed for eating-in or taking away and there’s a selection of sandwiches, toasties and platters full of salads, which greet customers as they arrive. It really is for everyone; families, freelance workers with laptops, those fresh out of the surf or post work-out, locals, tourists.
What are the upcoming plans for Barrio?
We have just opened on Wednesday nights with feast dinners and a weekly rotating rotisserie. We're also offering off-site catering and hosting more on-site events.
What is your favourite item on the menu?
I love the cauliflower dish with chickpeas, almond and sage but the side of iceberg lettuce with a sardine yoghurt rach dressing is still one of my favourites, as is the roast snapper with green olivata.
As a lovely, what is your insider tip for visitors to Byron?
Leave your car at home, walk along the beach and enjoy the beauty of Byron. If you need transport, hire a bike or use the new solar train which will get you from town to North Beach (and Barrio) and back!
Barrio Byron Bay is open Mondays and Tuesdays 7am-3pm and Wednesdays to Saturdays 7am-11pm.
Visit barriobyronbay.com.au or follow @barriobyronbay