Dream Berrie gets new name: Pho Cafe
If you’ve driven down Sherwood Forest lately and noticed the sign for Dream Berrie Cafe, a yogurt and pho restaurant, isn’t there anymore, don’t worry.
The restaurant remains but the name is gone. It’s now called Pho Cafe.
Owner/manager of the 5-year-old restaurant Chris Nguyen said he decided to change the name earlier this year.
“A lot of people would come in and say, ‘We thought you just sold yogurt,’ ” he said. “The (new) name is more appropriate and straightforward. Everything else is pretty much the same. It’s helped a lot already. We’ve had more customers.”
In addition to the rebranding, Nguyen said Pho Cafe has added vegetarian pho, tofu dishes, lettuce wraps, and lemongrass chicken to its menu.
“We just wanted to change up the menu a little bit, throw something different in there,” he said. “The demand was there.”
For more information, call (225) 295-9947.
Barcadia, Ruffino’s add new menu items
Two Baton Rouge staples have added new plates to their menus.
Barcadia’s new menu features gourmet hot dogs and a blackened shrimp salad/wrap. The restaurant has also added some new sandwiches, including breakfast-style, chicken salad, club, and stuffed portabello options.
For more information, visit barcadiabars.com/barcadia-baton-rouge.
Ruffino’s has also overhauled its menu, including options for the steak-lover as well as giving customers vegan and gluten-free dishes.
The new menu items include a 45-day dry-aged 16 oz. ribeye, 30-day dry-aged 16 oz. New York Strip, 72-hour braised short ribs, prosciutto wrapped redfish, handmade pastas with crab and asparagus, and a steakhouse hamburger.
For more information, visit ruffinosrestaurant.com.
Goûter, The Overpass Merchant expand into the evening
A few Mid City restaurants are leaving the doors open for a little while longer during the week.
Chef Chris Wadsworth’s Goûter on Government Street has officially opened for dinner. The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday for lunch; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday for dinner; and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.
For more information, visit gouterrestaurant.com.
The Overpass Merchant at 2904 Perkins Road has started a late-night menu, Thursday-Saturday from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. The late-night eats feature a selection of sliders and frites. Chicken wings are also coming soon.
The restaurant is also rolling out a brunch menu on Sundays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., which features a selection of biscuit items such as the smoked cheddar chicken biscuit. The restaurant opens daily at 11 a.m.
For more information, call (225) 508-4737.
Palermo opens on Jefferson
Baton Rouge restaurateur Wayne Stabiler has opened his new Italian restaurant, Palermo Ristorante.
The month-old restaurant is located in the former Latte e Miele at 7809 Jefferson Highway and across the street from Stabiler’s forthcoming Baton Rouge location of Stab’s.
Palermo offers classic Italian food. Lunch dishes range in price from $16-$27, and dinner dishes range from $20-$35.
Business hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday; and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, visit facebook.com/palermobr.
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