Baton Rouge is establishing itself as a food destination. Every day, more and more food news is cooking in the area. A weekly feature, “Leftovers” is a roundup of the latest on the local food and restaurant scene.

Chef Troy Deano now at Blend wine bar

Troy Deano, a chef who worked previously for City Pork Deli & Charcuterie and 18 Steak at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge, is now working as executive chef for Blend, a wine bar at 304 Laurel St.

Deano said he will focus on bringing seasonal dishes to the bar and restaurant. Patrons can expect a mix of seafood dishes as well as charcuterie boards, flatbreads and a “Blend burger.”

The kitchen hours at Blend will be 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. For more information, visit

Blue Rose Café to reopen later this year

The Blue Rose Café, a restaurant that was formerly located inside The Courtyard Gifts and Interiors, will reopen in the former Willie’s Restaurant and Bar at 11950 Cloverland Ave.

Christina Cox, a 21-year-old graduate from Louisiana Culinary Institute, is the executive chef and owner of the restaurant. Cox said the restaurant should be open before Dec. 1. The Blue Rose Café will offer breakfast and lunch items, and will house Cox’s parents’ catering business, Perfect Choice. For more information, visit

The Salad Shop opens second location

A create-your-own-salad concept has come to Coursey Boulevard.

The Salad Shop, a popular restaurant on Perkins Road in Acadian Perkins Plaza, has opened its second location at 11445 Coursey Blvd., Suite C. The new location features the same business hours (10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. daily) and menu as the original Perkins Road location.

If you’ve never been, the restaurant allows patrons to choose their own toppings for a salad or wrap. The restaurant also features signature salad selections, such as the Avocado BLT, with spinach, bacon, cherry tomatoes, red onions, avocado and croutons. For more information, visit

Le Creolé moves out, Shucks! moves in

Local restaurant Le Creolé will move from its location at 18135 E. Petroleum Drive. A local version of Shucks! The Louisiana Seafood House will move into the space.

Fans of the former shouldn’t fret just yet, though. According to director of operations for Wayne Stabiler companies Laila Britos, Le Creolé will move to a new freestanding home at an undisclosed location. The restaurant, which had been open in the space for four years, closed Sunday.

Shucks! should be opening “very soon,” Britos added, and the menu will feature fresh Gulf oysters, seafood gumbo and fried seafood. For more information, visit or

Bistro Byronz event to benefit ballet next week

Bistro Byronz will allow patrons to donate a portion of their bill to the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre in next week’s Bistro for the Ballet event. Mention Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, and Bistro Byronz will donate 20 percent of your bill to the organization. For take-out orders, the restaurant will donate 10 percent. The dining donation event runs 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday at both locations (5412 Government St. and 8200 Village Plaza Court). For more information, visit or call (225) 766-8379.

Follow Matthew Sigur on Twitter, @MatthewSigur. Timothy Boone contributed to this story.