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.

If you’re in the mood for Mexican food, the Capital City now has two new options.

Marina’s Mexican Grill is now open in the former location of Souga Pizza Factory at 6251 Perkins Road. The new restaurant features quesadillas and guacamole salads made from scratch.

The restaurant was formerly located off Bennington Avenue. Owner Pierre Barousalian said the new location’s adjacent suite, which used to be Urban Nine skate shop, will be used to host private parties and for catering. Business hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (225) 349-8855.

Over on Essen Lane in the former location of the Times Grill, Patrón’s Mexican Restaurant has also opened. The restaurant offers weekly specials and dishes such as chimichangas, tacos and enchiladas. Business hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (225) 767-7291.

The Jambalaya Shoppe opens new location

Just last weekend, The Jambalaya Shoppe continued its franchising quest.

The restaurant opened its Siegen Lane location last Saturday with a grand opening event. The new location is in the former Cheeburger Cheeburger at 6725 Siegen Lane, Suite G. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (225) 218-6760.

The Jambalaya Shoppe is also working on opening Houma and Lafayette locations.

House of Jamba settles into Government Street

In more jambalaya-related news, you might remember that The Jambalaya Shoppe had a location in Mid City Baton Rouge.

Now, that location at 4808 Government St. has been renamed House of Jamba.

As The Jambalaya Shoppe continues to build franchises across Louisiana with similar treatment, dishes and color patterns, the owners of the Government Street location realized a renovation might be too costly.

Rather than put in all that work, the owners of the Government Street location renamed the business and expanded the menu.

House of Jamba not only offers jambalaya and gumbo dinners but also fish tacos, jambalaya-stuffed egg rolls and homemade hamburgers. Business hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (225) 926-0910.

Cajun Brewing grand opening next week

Lafayette will get a taste from its first microbrewery in the first week of December.

Cajun Brewing will host a grand opening party at 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 at The Greenroom at 229 Jefferson St. in Lafayette. The party will feature several samples of Cajun Brewing beer, giveaways, and live music from The Rayo Brothers.

The brewery is located at 206 Rayburn St., in a 10,000-square-foot, newly-renovated building, which includes a brewing warehouse, laboratory and office space.

At first, the brewery will produce Cajun Wit, a Belgian witbier, and red and brown ales, that have both not yet been named.

The beers will initially be served on tap at several Lafayette bars and restaurants. Plans for bottling and selling beers at stores will come as demand grows, according to a press release.

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