Barzinho, the Brazilian restaurant that opened in January 2010 at 225 W. Broadway, has closed, the space having been seized by the city marshal on the landlord’s behalf (according to a notice posed in the window). It’s always sad to see a locally owned business go.
The restaurant had its share of identity crises, posting a pre-opening sign reading “Barzinho,” then opening as Leo’s Bar & Restaurant (after the owner, a Ford model), then changing its name back to Barzinho, a Portuguese-ish word in honor of its semi-relationship with Brazilian restaurant Casa (in the West Village); the menu switched to Brazilian, too. When I spoke with Leo on Sunday, he asked for a few days to see if he and his landlord could work something out. Yesterday, he said he was moving on: “I want to thank the Tribeca community, the community board for giving me this opportunity, and the patrons of Barzinho. It was a great experience, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”