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.
Red Stick Spice Company to move in November
A popular local spice and tea shop will move down the road this fall. Red Stick Spice Company will move from its current location at 7970 Jefferson Highway to 662 Jefferson Highway, the former location of The Orchard, a local Apple specialty store.
Red Stick Spice Company owner Anne Milneck says the new store will have double the space and should open in November. In the new location, patrons can expect an expanded selection of olive oils and balsamic vinegars as well as more cooking demonstrations. For more information, visit redstickspice.com.
Nino’s halts lunch service
Fans of Nino’s might have been surprised to learn that Italian restaurant on Bluebonnet Boulevard has stopped serving lunch. Owner/chef Elton Hyndman said he cut out the restaurant’s lunch service to work on a new business development. Though he was mum on details, he did hint at what could come in the future.
“We’re still open,” he said. “We’re not going to close anytime soon. For now, we’re working on making lunches available for delivery.”
Nino’s is open 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. For more information, visit ninos-italian.com.
Pat’s closes, Chef Don Bergeron’s coming soon
Pat’s Cajun Seafood & Steak has closed at 8200 Jefferson Highway after just nine months in business. A day after closing, Chef Don Bergeron told “The Advocate” that he is taking over the space.
Bergeron plans to move his catering and retail operations into the building. The new location will allow customers to eat plate lunches at the restaurant and will also have a private room for catered events. Bergeron’s Mid City Market could still be open over the holiday season to accommodate all orders.
It is speculated that Serop’s Express will expand into the space currently occupied by Bergeron. However, officials with Serop’s declined to comment earlier this week.
Your Mom’s to open Baton Rouge location in October
Your Mom’s Restaurant & Bar owners JP Ngo and Trent Fresina say the Baton Rouge location will open in the first week of October. A grand opening will be set a few weeks after that. Your Mom’s is located at 250 W. Lee Drive, which was formerly the Italian restaurant and pizzeria Louis Deangelo’s. Ngo and Fresina said they have spent a good bit of time renovating the space.
The Baton Rouge natives and co-owners started the business in Hammond five years ago and were “ready to come back home,” Ngo said.
The restaurant features “food your mother would make,” Ngo said, including burgers, po-boys, salads and sandwiches. For more information, visit yourmomsrestaurantandbar.com.
Brew at the Zoo sold out; Cap City Beer Fest right around the corner
Beer lovers looking for a good time will want to take heed. Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo’s second Brew at the Zoo is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2, and tickets have already sold out. Pre-purchased tickets are required for entry, and the event will go on, rain or shine. Check out the beer list and get more information at brzoobrew.org.
The inaugural Cap City Beer Fest opens at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at North Boulevard Town Square. Louisiana breweries such as Tin Roof, Great Raft and Gnarly Barley will be on hand as well as food from Galatoire’s Bistro, Mestizo, Reed’s Cakes and Catering and The State Bar & Grub. Tickets are $40. The event benefits the Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge. For more information, visit capcitybeerfest.org.
Follow Matthew Sigur on Twitter, @MatthewSigur. Timothy Boone contributed to this report.