Barley & Swine Gastropub Bringing Pork Belly, Popcorn Ice Cream to Dadeland
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Barley & Swine is the pet project of Jorge Ramos, his father (also Jorge), and family friend Alexis Undorfer. Ramos was a real estate developer who underwent a sea change to the culinary world a couple of years ago and never looked back. Barley & Swine is the realization of this love affair with quality eats.
The 60-seat eatery is scheduled to open at the end of the month in a custom space inside the Metropolis building in downtown Dadeland. Ramos and his team designed the spot to meet their specific needs, including an open kitchen where guests can sit and chat with the chefs.
"This is my new passion for the last two years. I fell in love with restaurants," Ramos says. "I love being in the kitchen. I'm self-trained, self-taught. I learned a lot from my father and my grandmother. This is all I'm doing, cooking in the kitchen."
Ramos's first restaurant venture was the now-closed Joint Bar & Grill, a massive sports bar in South Miami. Though he says he loves the restaurant biz, Ramos and his team wanted to move toward the type of foods they liked to cook and eat.
"It's a huge change in lifestyle, and I'm not gonna lie -- there were times at the Joint when it was really tough. I have a real big passion for the cooking. The best part was the people we met and became friends and family with," adds Ramos, who's officially the executive chef at the new spot.
As far as food, Barley & Swine will serve classic American comfort food with a Southern twist and local sourcing.
"It's like low-and-slow-braised food: beef cheeks, pork cheeks, pig ears, pig tails, small plates. We're also gonna have about 30 craft beers on draft," Ramos says. Boutique wines too.