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Photography by Jeffrey Chan courtesy of Baro

I don’t know what had me moving more, the fiesty Latino music or the delicious morsels being served out of Chef Steve Gonzalez’s new food truck. It was the Latino Street Party of the year and everywhere I turned there was something better to take in. Nestled in a spacious alleyway off of King Street West, the festive air was not random. Something big was about to be announced.

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After three successful years, Gonzalez was forced to close down Valdez, a King Street staple. But that wasn’t about to stop Gonzalez. Instead, he decided to throw a big party to announce his latest venture — Baro. Set to be an impressive multi-storey space complete with a second floor raw bar, 2,200 loft space for events and private functions as well as an all-season patio, it will reimagine traditional latin culture and cuisine.

Until Baro’s doors open, people will want to keep their eyes peeled for #GonzalezonTour. The food truck will take the party on the road, bringing delicious dishes to such destinations as Toronto Taste, The Stop’s Night Market and The Neighbourhood Festival by Luminato.

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About this new venture, Gonzalez shares, “I’m very proud of what our team accomplished at Valdez. We gave Latino culture a home on King West. Baro will take that vibe to the next level and give us an opportunity to share a bigger melting pot of unique Latin American flavours. Being on tour this summer will allow us to reach more audiences and get the word out on the street about latin food — we want everyone to discover their inner latino in our neighbourhood at Baro. There really is something for everyone and every occasion.”

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