Warehouse District Mexican restaurant La Casita (634 Julia St.; 218-8043)
is expanding to the Riverbend neighborhood later this month with a location at 8400 Oak St. (504-826-9913).
John Michael Wade opened the cozy Mexican joint on the bottom floor of a Julia Street townhouse in 2013. Sandwiched between a yoga studio and several art galleries, it offers a short, simple menu of appetizers, fresh salsas, tacos, burritos, margaritas and house-made juices.
The new La Casita takes over the 4,000-square-foot corner house that formally held Squeal Bar B Q.
“It looks like a completely different place in there,” Wade said, referencing the extensive renovations on the building, including knocking down a center wall between the dining rooms and expanding the central, wraparound bar.
The new location's menu will offer tacos filled with slow-cooked pork, pickled cabbage and ancho chili crema and a vegan version with roasted portobello mushrooms, roasted corn, pico de gallo and avocado. An in-house grinder will be used to ground corn to make masa for tortillas, Wade said.
“We’ll be doing everything that we do at the downtown spot but a lot more, too," Wade said. "There are a lot of things that we can do now that we can’t do at Julia Street. (At the Oak Street location) we’ll do a lot more seafood and a lot of grilled meats.”
The restaurant will feature a bigger bar program, but Wade says diners can expect similar daily happy hours and plenty of fresh-squeezed margaritas and specialty drinks.
Nonalcoholic drinks include cinnamon-flavored Horchata and several types of agua fresca.
La Casita is scheduled to open Feb. 15, Wade says, with the possibility of an earlier soft-opening.
No changes are afoot at the existing Warehouse District space.
For more information, visit La Casita’s website, here.