Barcelona Tapas Bar Grand Opening in Cocoa Beach

Image500 years after Ponce de Leon discovered Florida for Spain, authentic Mediterranean cuisine is returning to the Florida coast.

Located just a few blocks north of the Cocoa Beach peir, Barcelona Tapas Bar is bringing a taste of Spain to locals for a soft opening this Thursday, January 2nd in advance of their grand opening to the public on Friday, January 3rd.

One Fat Frog recently had the pleasure to sit down with Barcelona Tapas Bar owners Dave Walton and his daughter Kim to discuss their grand opening and continued success working with One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment.

Barcelona Tapas Bar began with the mission to create an authentic tapas bar atmosphere in Central Florida. Their service reflects a traditional tapas experience that you might find in Barcelona, Spain.  Having spent 30 years in Barcelona, Dave picked up a few things about the culture and cuisine.  Those details help make Barcelona Tapas Bar feel rich with authenticity.  It’s like you’ve traveled to Spain, but without the hefty airfare cost.

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Meet the Waltons

The mid to upscale restaurant in Cocoa Beach is decorated to replicate a traditional Catalan dining establishment.  The walls are adorned with everything from beautiful photographs of life in Spain to the famous paintings of Spanish artist Salvador Dali.  The sounds of Barcelona fill the halls as regional goomba music plays.  There are even chalkboards in the restrooms for patrons to leave notes and messages about their dining experience.

In the Cocoa Beach kitchen you can find a variety of restaurant equipment supplied by One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment.  From a walk-in freezer and a deli bar to a griddle and a dishwasher, Barcelona Tapas Bar knows the value of buying new and used equipment from the Frog.  “Amin has made everything easy,” said Dave.  “And everyone has been really friendly,” added Kim.

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Damm good beer

The menu offers a variety of delicious Mediterranean dishes and drinks- like Estrella Damm beer; however, the Cocoa Beach restaurant’s specialty is their signature tapas.

What are tapas, exactly?  The word “tapas” is Spanish for “to cover”.  In Spain, tapas are almost always accompanied by wine.  Originally, tapas were slices of bread or meat which drinkers would use to cover their glasses between sips.  The meat was usually salty and would make patrons thirsty- thus increasing alcohol sales. More tapas were created and eventually they became as important as the wine.  Tapas are designed for sharing while enjoying wine and catching up with friends.

For entertainment, the restaurant is outfitted with two 60” TV’s which, in the summer, will feature endless coverage of World Cup Soccer games.

Growth is also on the menu.  There is a 15,000 square foot next door expansion projected for August 2014.

Barcelona Tapas Bar is a charming spot in Cocoa Beach just minutes from the Cocoa Beach Pier where friends and families can gather, eat, drink and share the gossip of the day while becoming immersed in the rich culture and atmosphere of a corner of the world few get to enjoy firsthand.

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Barcelona Tapas Bar
is located at Cornerstone Plaza, 5675 N.Atlantic Ave. #117, Cocoa Beach, Florida 32932.  They are open everyday between the hours of 3pm and 11pm.

For more information, check out their website and like them on Facebook.