Less than a year after it opened, the Mid-City burger joint Juicy Lucy’s (133 N. Carrollton Ave., 598-5044) is planning to expand with a second restaurant in Metairie, taking over the long-time home of Texas Bar-B-Q Company.
The restaurant’s name is a reference to its specialty in stuffed burgers — often called a juicy Lucy around the country — with cheese and other erstwhile toppings cooked into the patty itself.
Michael Juan opened the first Juicy Lucy late last spring at an address in the middle of a Mid-City restaurant row that had previously seen a string of short-lived eateries. Because the restaurant has video poker machines in the open, patrons must be 18 or older to enter.
“Some people bless me for that, some people curse me for it,” Juan says for the child-free policy. “I live in Metairie and the soccer moms told me I had to open another one that the kids could come to.”
Juan expects to open his second Juicy Lucy’s sometime late in March at 3320 Houma Blvd., a spot which for more than 30 years had been home to Texas Bar-B-Q Co. That barbecue restaurant closed in 2011 and the Marrero-based Chateau Orleans Po-Boys briefly opened a second location at this Metairie address last fall.
Juan says his new restaurant will have the same menu as his Mid-City location, so look for half-pound burgers like the “Juicy 9th Ward Blues” stuffed with mushrooms, onions, garlic and blue cheese, or the “Juicy Metairie,” stuffed with spinach, artichoke hearts and Italian cheeses. The menu includes “un-stuffed” burgers, veggie burgers, turkey burgers and salads as well.
133 N. Carrollton Ave., 598-5044