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Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine to open on Freret Street in April 

Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine opens at 4714 Freret St. next month in the space between Humble Bagel and Mojo Coffee House, formerly occupied by the clothing boutique Full Blossom Chic.

  "We're really excited about the neighborhood and to be close to all the businesses we have around us," says restaurant partner Luis Ampuero, who moved to New Orleans from the Moquegua region of Peru six years ago.

  Ampuero is one of four people including manager Monica Seminario-Concha who are involved in the restaurant.

  "Peru is a country with a lot of gastronomic culture," Ampuero says. "One of our strongest food sources is seafood, which we have a lot of here in New Orleans, too. We'll start out doing traditional Peruvian cuisine, but eventually we'd like to do a little bit more fusion between Peruvian and New Orleans cuisine."

  Diners can expect traditional Peruvian dishes such as ceviche, fried seafood platters, lomo saltado (sirloin strips stir-fried with onions, tomatoes and vinegar and served with fries) and causa, a mashed potato terrine topped with seafood and aji amarillo peppers.

  The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner daily. The restaurant's owners plan to open without a liquor permit, but eventually they hope to sell beer, wine and Peruvian cocktails, such as pisco sours.

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