Marcello's Restaurant and Wine bar (715 St. Charles Ave., 504-581-6333; www.marcelloscafe.com), the wine shop and rustic Italian restaurant, will open a third location in Metairie next year in the space currently occupied by Coyote Blues (4860 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-301-3848; www.coyotebluesfreshmex.com), a Louisiana-based Mexican restaurant chain.
Marcello's owners Gene Todaro Sr. and Gene Todaro Jr. are partnering with Coyote Blues' parent-company owner, Kevin Moody, to convert the space into an Italian restaurant mirroring their existing bistros (the other Marcello's is in Lafayette). The owners of Marcello's have been looking for a new location large enough to incorporate a sizable wine collection.
"Metairie has a big population, and those people frequent our downtown restaurant," Todaro Jr. said, adding that the new 6,500-square-foot space will have a large, stand-alone bar, a patio, a private banquet space and ample parking.
It was not immediately clear what would happen to Coyote Blues and if the owners plan on opening a new Metairie location. According to a news release, the Coyote Blues chain will be "venturing into a new direction" that requires less space.
Marcello's new location is expected to open in January 2016.