Photos and reporting by Stacie Joy
Barnyard Cheese Shop is set for another encore on Avenue B.
Owner Beatriz Gutierrez confirmed that Barnyard Express is in the works featuring a full menu of her best-selling sandwiches and other items.
She plans to house the quick-serve establishment at the current Brix Wine Shop at 170 Avenue B between 10th Street and 11th Street. The wine store will move into the vacant retail space she leases next door, and the two storefronts will connect via a passthrough.
Gutierrez gave this concept a test run for several months in a limited capacity on weekends starting in December 2021. It did well enough for her to consider reviving Barnyard Express.
The original Barnyard Cheese Shop closed in October 2021 at 168 Avenue B. (The business dates to 2008 on Ninth and C, with a 2016 opening on Avenue B.) Like other food service establishments at the time, Gutierrez said she was having difficulty finding kitchen help. Victor, her longtime cook, lost his brother during the pandemic ... and he returned home to be with family in Mexico.
We'll provide an update as work continues on the new Barnyard Express in the months ahead.