Christina Cox will reopen her restaurant, The Blue Rose Café, in the former location of Willie’s Restaurant at 11950 Cloverland Ave. later this year.

Cox is a 21-year-old Baton Rouge native and graduate from Louisiana Culinary Institute. She is the executive chef and founder of the restaurant, which was formerly inside The Courtyard Gifts and Interiors. When the gift shop on Arnold Lane closed earlier this year, so did The Blue Rose Café.

But the closing will be only temporary for the young restaurateur.

Cox said she is hoping to open the restaurant before Dec. 1. Willie’s Restaurant opened its new location at 11260 Coursey Blvd. in August.

Cox said the new Blue Rose Café will offer breakfast and lunch. The menu will feature soups, salads and sandwiches. Some of the offerings include homemade biscuits, fried cheese grits cakes and rotating daily specials.

“It’s going to be a fun, family-friendly atmosphere,” Cox said. “We want people to feel welcome when they walk in. It’s going to be unique.”

The restaurant will also house Cox’s parents’ catering business, Perfect Choice, which was formerly located off Drusilla Lane. Perfect Choice will offer traditional Italian dishes such as lasagna and eggplant parmesan as well as family meal pick-up and delivery services.

Between now and opening, Cox said the space will undergo a rigorous renovation, including a new paint job and flooring.

“I owe it to my family,” she said. “They have been helping me with the renovations. I come from a family of entrepreneurs, and I couldn’t have done this without them.”

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