Popup to the Cantina
A farmy-yet-hip joint serves up global creations du jour
Photo by Annmarie Swift
It began simply enough. A tight-knit family gathering turned into ice cream and Vietnamese coffee for friends of friends who wanted to enjoy a sweet treat after work. Once Josh Irwin started taco Tuesday—via Facebook—for the public, he found his renovated barn on Route 57 in New Marlborough packed to the gills.
Irwin and longtime partner Emily Rachel own Cantina 229, a farmy-yet-hip joint with a menu that reflects his own culinary adventures in Thailand, Shanghai, and India. The global creations du jour are served up Fridays through Tuesdays, 5–9 PM, with special Sunday brunch hours 10 AM – 9 PM.
They also raise chickens and pigs and grow veggies that aren’t available from local farmers, including a kaffir lime tree with pungent leaves. The bar is a three-inch plank of Douglas fir, and the entire barn— with its high ceiling, feathery white chandelier, and large windows that offer a view of the idyllic meadowland beyond—has a solid feel like home, which, to Irwin and his family, it is.