You are probably wondering what the name BARBAKAN means. It is actually a name for a special building in Poland. Many old cities in Europe were surrounded by thick walls that provided protection from enemy invasions. Traffic in and out of the city had to pass through the main gate, fortified by a round-looking building, called the Barbakan. So, Barbakan is the building that protects the gate.
So why choose this name for a restaurant? It is quite simple.
In 1987 two people had a common dream of opening a restaurant that would offer the best Polish food on this side of the ocean. Those two people were from two different, competing cities in Poland, Krakow and Warsaw. The one thing the two cities share is that they both have a Barbakan. The owners decided it would be strong enough of a name, which would hopefully protect the new business from any harm as they travel toward their dream.