FreshJunkie opens Southdowns Shopping Center location 

Looking for a healthy option on Perkins Road? Look no further. 

Pat Fellows has opened the latest location of FreshJunkie in the Southdowns Shopping Center on Perkins Road. The restaurant offers a selection of salads, wraps, and "powerbowls" of greens, quinoa and avocado. 

For now, the restaurant is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. In about a month, FreshJunkie will roll out breakfast service and a coffee program. Then, hours will expand to 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Patrons can expect a selection of avocado toasts and parfaits during breakfast. 

Fellows said after breakfast is implemented at the new location, the menu of the Main Street Market FreshJunkie will be simplified and have a few changes. 

Never content to sit still, Fellows and Avery Ainsworth will open on Monday a restaurant called High Five Poke Company in Montgomery, Alabama. High Five Poke serves signature poke bowls and burritos.  

Closer to home, Fellows is excited about his FreshJunkie food and fitness brand in Baton Rouge. 

"Perkins Road is somewhere we always wanted to be," he said. "This has been a natural progression." 

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Lily's, an authentic Mexican restaurant, is now open 

Papusas, burritos and tacos are just three of the items you can now try at Lily's.

The authentic Mexican and Central American restaurant opened in mid-January at 3753 Perkins Road, in the former location of Cupcake Allie behind Uncle Earl's. 

In addition to a selection of those three aforementioned favorites, Lily's also serves daily specials, chimichangas, quesadillas, enchiladas, tamales, baleadas and sopes. You can also expect horchata, aguas, and desserts such as tres leches cake, sopapillas and Salvadoran cake. 

Lily's is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information, call (225) 343-3464.  

Chef Kevin Black to leave The Crown: A Royal Bistro

Citing a need to focus on family and his downtown restaurant, chef Kevin Black said he is leaving The Crown: A Royal Bistro.

The Crown, a restaurant inside The Royal Standard at 16016 Perkins Road, offers savory and sweet crepes, soups and salads as well as drinks using French Truck Coffee. Black's last day there is Feb. 11.

"It was a tough decision, but I'm leaving on good terms," Black said. "There's no bad blood. Schedule-wise, it was a lot more than I was willing to bite off."

Black said The Royal Standard's owners have started putting out feelers for his replacement. He expects that the restaurant will keep its name. 

After leaving The Crown, Black will focus on bringing the French Truck Coffee program to his downtown concept, Go Ya Ya's. He also plans to revamp the menu of the breakfast and lunch restaurant located inside the Main Street Market.

"My focus is solely on spending time with my family and downtown," Black said. "Expansion is always the goal, but nothing is solid as of yet."

Grimaldi's Pizzeria closes 

A popular pizza chain has closed in Baton Rouge.

A spokesperson with the Mall of Louisiana confirmed this week that Grimaldi’s Pizzeria closed. Calls made to Grimaldi's with regards to the closure were not immediately returned.

The Phoenix, Arizona-based chain opened its Baton Rouge location in 2014 on the Boulevard near the Mall of Louisiana. Grimaldi’s specializes in traditional and specialty pizzas, blasted in a coal brick oven. 

Upcoming events you can't miss

  • Cane Land Distilling Co., 760 St. Philip St., hosts Boozie Brunch at 11 a.m. Sunday. This weekend's event features food from chef Charles Willard.
  • Head to Acadian House Kitchen & Bath Studio, 6971 Exchequer Drive, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for chef Matt Reed's Sip & Sauté cooking class. Next week's focus is a menu of Hibachi/Tepanyaki-style dishes. Tickets are $40 on
  • Twine Market and Deli, 2921 Government St., hosts winter wine tasting and food pairings at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The demo features a variety of wines from Austria, Croatia, Greece, South Africa and Mexico. Tickets are $50 on
  • City Pork Brasserie & Bar, 7327 Jefferson Highway, will have a special three-course Valentine's Day menu available Feb. 14-17. $80 per couple, $99 per couple with a bottle of wine. Call (225) 615-8880 for more information and to make your reservations.

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