Dining Out

Flavor Explosion

Restaurateur Anastasios Barakos tells his story

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How did Agave come to be?
Our family-run business opened in 2010. We chose this location because we believe Bristol’s waterfront is a hidden gem, with its breathtaking view of the harbor and sunsets. The people and town are equally as charming.

Is there a story behind the restaurant’s name?
The name was chosen because of the incredible amount of tequilas we offer, some very rare. Tequila is made using the agave cactus.

What type of menu do you offer to go along with all that tequila?
We have always loved Spanish food from around the world, so we decided to bring a culinary experience to Bristol that was lacking. Spanish fusion was created to wake the East Bay palate with an explosion of different flavors from around the world, as well as local favorites. The menu is always evolving. We have specials every week that are sure to entice.

Which menu items are most popular?
We have some cult favorites like our seafood paella, choice angus steaks and signature fajitas.

How long have you been in the kitchen?
Our family has been in the culinary arts for two generations and have trained with five star chefs from New York and Chicago.

Are you offering any specials this summer?
Yes, we offer daily drink specials all summer long.

Speaking of drinks, what pairs best with Spanish fusion?
Our Spanish fusion comprises Argentinian, Portuguese, Spanish and Mexican all-in-one and is mixed with what we call “American with a Spanish flair.” What could be better than enjoying any one of our dishes with one of our famous sangrias? Or have an ice cold beer from one of our frozen beer towers with any of our New England favorites.

How does your restaurant give back to the community?
We use produce from local farms as well as seafood from local fishermen. Our family is local to Bristol and Barrington and we are very involved in the community from hosting charities, to donating to local churches and organizations, to sponsoring local athletic teams.

Anastasios Barakos owns Agave along with Marianthy Barakos and Dennis, Virginia,
Gerry and Jessica Liberatos; it’s located at 805 Hope Street in Bristol. 401-253-1566.