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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Restaurant news: The Grocery, French Truck Cafe and Cherry Espresso Bar

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 10:49 AM

click to enlarge French Truck Cafe is now open at 4536 Dryades St. - COURTESY FRENCH TRUCK CAFE/FACEBOOK
  • French Truck Cafe is now open at 4536 Dryades St.

Uptown deli and po-boy hub The Grocery (2854 St. Charles Ave., 504-895-9524) has reopened under new ownership. Longtime owner Marcy McCall closed the shop last September when the building was sold to new owners.

Geoffrey Meeker, who owns the Lower Garden District micro-roaster French Truck Coffee, took over the space, opened for limited hours during Carnival and assumed full hours of operation this week.

The spot’s 8-inch po-boy and pressed sandwiches are still featured, including Cuban sandwiches, muffulettas and tuna melts. The space will undergo renovations over the summer and the owners will expand the menu, including the addition of breakfast options.

The Grocery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

• French Truck Coffee (1200 Magazine St.) also recently opened an offshoot at 4536 Dryades St. The new spot, French Truck Café, is larger than the flagship location and features ample table and bar space for dining. Coffee and pastries round out an extended menu of breakfast and lunch options.

The opening menu features waffles with fresh fruit, yogurt or maple syrup, a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on a croissant with tomato jam, a Caprese sandwich of mozzarella, tomato and basil, and goat cheese and pecan salad dressed with citrus vinaigrette, among other items.

• Also new on the coffee scene, local barista Lauren Fink’s standalone shop Cherry Espresso Bar (4877 Laurel St., 504-875-3699) is now open on Laurel Street.

Fink also operates the coffee pop-up inside Stein’s Market & Deli (2207 Magazine St.).

The new coffee shop, which sits in a former fire station across from Wisner Playground, features high ceilings and exposed brick accents and coffee from RoseLine Coffee Roasters of Portland, Oregon.

Cherry Espresso Bar is open weekdays starting at 6:30 a.m. and weekends at 7 a.m.

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