The Uptown taqueria Rosa Mezcal has closed and will soon be replaced by a familiar name in the region's Mexican restaurant circuit.
La Carreta plans to open a new location at 1814 Magazine Street, part of a row of small businesses between the Lower Garden District and Irish Channel neighborhoods.
Jane Bretschger, director of parent company La Carreta Restaurant Group, said the new location should be open by the second week of August.
La Carreta operates a dozen restaurants across southeast Louisiana, though this will be its first location in New Orleans. The company was developed by Saul Rubio, who grew up in Mexico before moving to the U.S. He opened the first La Carreta in downtown Hammond in 1998 (his restaurants are separate from Carreta’s Grill, another Mexican eatery in the area).
The Magazine Street location is smaller than most others from La Carreta, and it will serve a somewhat smaller menu too. Still, the restaurant's staples of fajitas, tacos, enchiladas and combo plates will all be represented.
This new La Carreta will also have a distinctive bar, a holdover from Rose Mezcal. It’s fashioned from an old work van, with its cab intact and its bed converted to the bar top.
Rosa Mezcal opened in late 2015 during a time when New Orleans has seen many new Mexican eateries emerge.
1814 Magazine St., projected opening
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