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Juicy Lucy's on the grow 

  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 longtime home of Texas Bar-B-Q Company.

  Juicy Lucy's name is a reference to its stuffed burger specialty — 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 last spring in a space in the middle of a Mid-City restaurant row that had seen a string of short-lived eateries. Because the restaurant has video poker machines in the open, patrons must be at least 18 years old to enter.

  "Some people bless me for that, some people curse me for it," Juan says of 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 the second Juicy Lucy's later this month at 3320 Houma Blvd., and he says his new restaurant will have the same menu as his Mid-City location.

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