Closed Tapas Resto Finds New Life on the Road

Haro Tapas y Pintxos to open once a month at various restaurants

Javier Haro

Fans of the shuttered Haro Tapas y Pintxos restaurant can once again fulfill their craving for Rabo de Buey. But you'll only have one chance a month to do it.

That's because owner Javier Haro is launching a traveling restaurant concept, popping up at different restaurants around the city and offering popular menu items from his former Pilsen eatery.

Haro closed his restaurant in October 2008 because of the economic downturn. Investors and banks are still a little skittish, so he's trying to create buzz with his "Haro on the Road" concept.

"I read about the mobile taco trucks on the West Coast and the big buzz they created through social media, so it's kind of the same thing that I'm trying to accomplish," Haro said.

The first event will be held Thursday at Flatwater Grill, and will also offer flamenco dancing in addition to a menu of signature tapas and sangria.

"I have a following, I love what I do, and this way I can help other restaurants get exposure for their place and we also get our food out there. It's a win-win situation," Haro said.

Haro isn't sure where next month's event will be held, but he's hoping to eventually reopen his restaurant on the North Side or downtown.

"Hopefully we'll be able to pique the interest of some investors and see if someone will partner with us," Haro said.

Haro will soon have a Web site available at

Feb. 25, Flatwater Grill, 321 North Clark. 6-10 pm

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