GENESEO – The long wait is over. After meticulously crafting its spacious dining layout and diverse menu since early summer 2015, the authentic Mexican eatery and bar at 3 Bank Street will open its doors in time for lunch on Tuesday.
With quick line-service to burritos, bowls, salads, tacos, queso, salsa and a kid’s menu, complimented by a 60-foot bar, Bar-Eat-O seeks the sweet spot between family restaurant and happy-hour hotspot.
“The owners have had huge success for dinner service at Ember, and we offer the same chef, the same food quality but a lunch fast casual setting.” said Bar-Eat-O District Manager Jason Singer. “All of the food is prepared in-house in three minutes or less, and all menu items are under $8.”
Everything on the menu can be vegetarian, and with a hard shell can be vegan. The bright, open atmosphere has a multitude of dining options and table sizes, and the bar offers full food service.
There are 21 microbrew beers on tap which will rotate by popularity and season, as well as an imported Mexican bottled beer. The bar makes its own cocktail syrups and blends for Margaritas, Pina Coladas, and Bloody Marys, which are served in four signature sizes.
“We are a bar. We’re not embarrassed to be a bar,” said Singer. “But we’re not going to be a last-stop shop. We close at 9 to 10 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends. There’s no dart board, there’s no pool table, there’s no jukebox. We scan all ID’s. This is where businesspeople, families, college students and locals gather around good food. Good food brings people together.”
Singer said that Bar-Eat-O has a unique role to fill and a bright future in Geneseo, especially with the loss of so many other bars in Geneseo. The doors will officially open at 11 a.m. on Jan. 12.
“We saw an opportunity to fill a vital role as a good eatery, a good neighbor and a good employer in the community and we took it,” said Singer. “Why Mexican? Because there was none in the area, we’re the only authentic Mexican cuisine in Livingston County. Mexican food is very flexible and very healthy. And a bar in an area that has lost so many was sorely needed. We want to be a melting pot for the community, the college, and the county where food is at the forefront, and a fantastic bar.”