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Birdtown chef plans second eatery New ventures

Oct 12, 2016 - Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)

As an artist, Juan Vergara loves the challenge of a blank canvas. The chef-owner of Barroco Grill, the Colombian-themed restaurant that opened in Lakewood’s Birdtown neighborhood in 2011, transformed a former pizza kitchen into the lively, colorful eatery it is today. On any given night, live Latin music spills onto the outdoor patio.

He’ll soon add his touch to a new Latin American-in-spired concept, Casablanca Urban Cantina, which he hopes to open in the summer. The bar and restauran...