Baton Rouge is establishing itself as a food destination. Every day, more and more food news is cooking in the area. A new weekly feature to Red, “Leftovers” is a roundup of the latest on the local food and restaurant scene.

LSU students will have something sweet to look forward to this fall. Cupcake Allie, a popular Perkins Road cupcake store, will open its second location on Nicholson Drive after Labor Day. The business will take over the former Frosted Cupcakes on Nicholson Drive in the Beau Chene Shopping Center.

Cupcake Allie co-owner Jay Bookman said the new location won’t need much renovation and will be identical to its predecessor. The menu will feature savory and sweet cupcakes, including crowd favorites such as apple bacon BBQ, red velvet and peanut butter fudge. The new location could also offer expanded hours and a late-night food menu. For more information, visit

Simple Joe in soft opening phase in Mid City

Mid City has a new coffee and breakfast stop. Simple Joe is now in its soft opening phase, according to co-owner Sean Braswell. A grand opening is set for later this month.

The café is located in the Ogden Market shopping center a few doors down from the Radio Bar. Simple Joe offers breakfast sandwiches, specialty coffees and handmade chocolates.

As of now, business hours are 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. For more information, visit

Chef Sean Rivera leaves City Pork Deli

After working at City Pork Deli & Charcuterie for around eight months, chef Sean Rivera is leaving the Perkins Road overpass restaurant. Rivera says the split is amicable. He will now focus on his food public relations and consulting ventures. A replacement has not been named.

Rivera started late last year after chef Troy Deano left City Pork to work on his own restaurant, Brackish, which will be located behind the Louisiana Culinary Institute. For more information, visit

Your Mom’s Restaurant and Bar coming soon

A popular Hammond restaurant will make its Capital City debut in September. Your Mom’s is opening its second location on West Lee Drive in the former location of Louis DeAngelo’s. Your Mom’s menu features burgers, po-boys and specialty sandwiches. The restaurant is about 4,500 square feet and is currently in a renovation phase. An opening date has not yet been set. For more information, visit yourmoms

Fête Rouge announces restaurants for competition

Bin 77, City Pork, Galatoire’s Bistro and Reed’s Cakes and Catering are among several participants in this year’s Chef’s Competition at Fête Rouge. The annual food and wine festival opens Thursday, Aug. 27, at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge.

The event announced earlier this week participants in the main Food & Wine Fête, which takes place at the casino at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28.

Other restaurants that will compete include Louisiana Lagniappe, Mansurs on the Boulevard, Table Kitchen and Bar, Louisiana Culinary Institute and Mestizo Restaurant. For more information and ticket prices, visit

Mid City Beer Gardens could be on the way

The owners behind the popular Mid City lounge Radio Bar could open a beer garden in the future.

Plans have been submitted for the new concept to be built at the intersection of Government Street and Steele Boulevard. The beer garden would serve food and broadcast sporting events. The area will have to be rezoned if the beer garden wants to exist in this location. The city-parish Planning Commission is set to vote on the rezoning at its Sept. 21 meeting.

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