The popular Barbacoa brand of restaurants will soon come to Eagle, with Coa Del Mar, set to open next spring.
For owner Nikolai Castoro, the idea is a long time coming.
“We’ve been thinking about it for a while,” he said. “My father and I were thinking about it before he passed away two and a half years ago.”
Nikolai’s father Robert and mother Martine started the first Barbacoa in Southeast Boise in 2005 with chef Enrique Martinez. The restaurant, in a former Jakers building, quickly built a reputation for its high-end food, atmosphere, and drinks. It burned down in a 2010 fire and was rebuilt and opened a year later. Robert Castoro died in 2020.