Gov't Taco 1 for Red

A trio of tacos from the upcoming Gov't Taco, which is set to open in White Star Market on Government Street

White Star Market, the long-awaited Mid City food hall, is set to open to the public at 7 a.m. May 17.

Tenants in the market, which will anchor the Square46 development at 4624 Government St., are Gov’t Taco, a Mexican restaurant by former Food Network contestant Jay Ducote; Jolie @the Market, the second location of Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar; Michael Mangham’s Southern Plate, which will offer bistro fare; Fete Au Fete, a Creole restaurant; Reve Coffee Roasters, a local version of the popular downtown Lafayette coffee shop, Chow Yum Phat, which will specialize in Asian street food like ramen and pho; Dat’z Italian, which will sell wood-fired pizzas and homemade lasagna; The Big Squeezy, another location of the local juice chain; and Mouton, which will sell craft cocktails, beer and wine.

The market will have two sneak preview openings: during the Hot Art Cool Nights festival at 4 p.m. Friday. Vendors will have limited menus for the arts event.

After that, the market will close for several more days of training and preparation and reopen at 5 p.m. Wednesday for a ticketed event. Tickets are $50 for one person and a guest. A $50 gift card for the market will be given to the people who sign up, any unused balance can be used at later visits.

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When it opens May 17, normal hours will be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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