Two restaurateurs are teaming up to open a new Mexican restaurant in Baton Rouge.
Hernando J. Cuellar, a longtime operator of Ninfa’s in Baton Rouge, and Louis DeAngelo will open Nando’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina at 13686 Coursey Blvd. as early as next week.
“I’m very excited to be back,” Cuellar said Monday afternoon.
Cuellar came to Baton Rouge from Houston in 1993 and opened Ninfa’s on Constitution Avenue in Baton Rouge. He ran the restaurant for 22 years.
At Nando’s, Cuellar is the chef and owner. He said the new restaurant will offer specialties such as guacamole made to order, chile con queso with five different cheeses, and enchiladas made with traditional gujillo salsa.
“My whole take is to make things as fresh as possible,” Cuellar said. “Mexican restaurants have a lot of similarities. We are going to differentiate ourselves with quality of food and quality of service.”
Louis DeAngelo is an operational partner in Nando’s, which is housed in the former location of DeAngelo’s Casual Italian Restaurant on Coursey Boulevard.
DeAngelo still has locations of his restaurant open in Prairieville, Central, Denham Springs and on Bluebonnet Boulevard in Baton Rouge. Ninfa’s was rebranded as Tio Javi’s in fall 2015.
Nando’s will have business hours of 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Cuellar said this location will have room for about 100 guests, and he’s not ruling out future locations.
“We absolutely have plans for more locations in the future,” Cuellar said. “We plan on opening more locations based on availability. We want this to be a neighborhood-type of place for families. We have ideas for a big, 300-seat location.”
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