Mr. Taco expansion complete, Ice House adds menu items

Thanks to a move just a few doors down, there's now more room for Tex-Mex goodness at Mr. Taco

Ben Landry and Jeremy McKnight, co-owners of the Airline Highway restaurant, said the move and expansion is complete. Mr. Taco opened for business last week. 

The restaurant moved two doors down from its original location to 14111 Airline Highway, suites 125 and 126. Those spaces used to house a gun shop and part of the old Fuji restaurant that is no longer in business. Now, Mr. Taco has double the space it used to have and is right next door to Landry and McKnight's other business, Ice House

McKnight said the move was made "to offer a larger space for our guests and better serve them." 

Inside, Mr. Taco now has booth seating, a custom concrete bar and expanded menu with items such as fajitas and ceviche, and desserts like tres leches and flan. The renovation took about six months, McKnight said, mentioning a grand opening party will come in December once the bar has gone through permitting. At the bar, customers can expect margaritas, beer, and rum punches. 

The neighboring Ice House also has undergone a little bit of renovation when it comes to its food. McKnight said the bar and grill has expanded its menu to feature fried chicken wings, boudin balls, cheese fries and other options customers couldn't previously enjoy. 

What to eat at White Light Night 

Mid City Baton Rouge's annual art hop, White Light Night, is set for 6 p.m. Friday. While art and music are the main attractions of the event, you're going to need to grub while gazing at all the cool stuff. Here are a few of my picks if you're in need of a good bite while attending the free festival. 

BouillaBabes, the pop-up from Sydney Nadia Harkins and Jamie Brown, will set up at Studio C (3786 Government St.). Expect some easy grab-n-go eats and sweet treats that will likely make you smile, drool and order even more food from them. They're that good. 

Curbside (4158 Government St.) is partnering with Calandro's Supermarket to feature more than 20 art vendors, music from the Josh Garrett Band, food and wine samples, and holiday cocktails. While you're at the burger joint, try the Tiger Tailgate, with whipped cream cheese, bacon jam and fried jalapeños. 

If you need a jolt along the way, head to French Truck Coffee (2978 Government St.). The relatively new shop will showcase artists and music as well as its food and coffee. That New Orleans Iced Coffee will probably make you stay up all night, but it's good, real good. 

Slash Creative, Giraphic Prints and Tim's Garage (4556 Government St.) will have tons of food for the White Light Night occasion, including eats and drinks from Gov't Taco, Big Easy Cook Co., Secret Lair Taqueria and Pickle Block Coffee Roasters. 

Rouses opens newest Baton Rouge store 

The Bluebonnet Village Shopping Center has a new grocery store. Rouses opened on Wednesday its latest Baton Rouge location at 7580 Bluebonnet Blvd. The store had been a Matherne's Supermarket until May then Rouses took over, starting and completing a $3 million, six-month renovation. 

The new store features a barbecue shop, olive bar, bakery, seafood and butcher departments, and a cigar program. The company is on track to open a store at the corner of West Lee and Burbank drives in 2018. 

Upcoming food events you can't miss

  • Tin Roof Brewing Co. (1624 Wyoming St.) hosts a Food Truck Round-up from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. The event features food from Old School Eats, Rouge-A-Roux's, Fête au Fête, Cocoa & Cream Mobile Foods and Catering, and Mr. Ronnie's Famous Hot Donuts. Johnny Azari also will perform some blues tunes to go along with the food and drink.
  • Gov't Taco heads to Cane Land Distilling Co. (760 St. Phillip St.) for a Boozie Brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The event features exclusive brunch tacos, $5 bloody Marys and live music.

Timothy Boone contributed to this report. 

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