Come Say ‘Barn Voyage’ to Beloved Eatery Before Its Renovation

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The Barn will close June 14 for an 18-month renovation
By Sandra Baltazar Martinez on June 5, 2018
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The community is invited to the ‘Barn Voyage’ on June 14, 2018. ucr file

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – Food, music, and meetings have all been a staple of the Barn’s 101-year history as a horse stable-turned restaurant on the southeast end of UC Riverside’s campus.
Music legends such as Radiohead, Incubus, Van Morrison, No Doubt, and the Allman Brothers Band have performed at the Barn. Then there were the legendary meals: free chips and salsa nights, Misto’s Caesar Salad, and Sonia’s soups.  
On June 14, the campus will celebrate the building’s past, present, and future at a “Barn Voyage,” a party and open house for the community to visit the Barn one more time before it undergoes an 18-month refurbishment. Originally opened in 1917 as a horse stable at the Citrus Experiment Station, the building’s $20 million renovation and expansion will include more seating in an effort to bring back live entertainment. Also in the works are a new kitchen, a faculty/staff dining facility, and a redone Barn Theater.
“The construction is really going to activate this historical space and assist in bringing it to life again as a wonderful place that will contribute to a sense of community through dining, events, and entertainment,” said Robin Hungerford, director of Residential Dining and Hospitality Services at UCR.  “We look forward to seeing this become a destination for students, faculty, and staff when it reopens.”
During the closure, Dining, Hospitality and Retail Services will bring in two food trucks to the Sproul Hall area, and install temporary patio tables with umbrellas. Once the Barn is closed, a “Barn Buffet” will be offered twice a week at the Alumni & Visitors Center.
UCR Executive Chef Lanette Dickerson said the Barn’s menu has …

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