Jeff Baron opens Cantina Comida, Boot Pizza and Grill Aug. 21

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Cantina Comida will serve arepas, tacos, empanadas and burritos. - COURTESY JEFF BARON
  • COURTESY JEFF BARON
  • Cantina Comida will serve arepas, tacos, empanadas and burritos.
 
When the Dough Bowl closed its doors in June, fans of the late-night pie joint at the Boot Bar & Grill (1039 Broadway St., 504-866-9008) were upset. Today, Jeff Baron, who opened the shop in 2002 before selling it in 2013, opens a new pizza and burger restaurant at the Uptown location, called Boot Pizza and Grill.

The new menu branches out beyond pies, including burgers made with meat ground in-house and julienne-cut fries. The pizzas are similar to what Baron served at the now-shuttered Pizzicare – thin crust, New York-style slices.

“Everything is going to be fresh,” Baron says. “I’ll be going to farmers markets and getting as much local fresh stuff as I can. I’m bringing back the pancetta and Brussels sprouts (pizza), which was really popular at Pizzicare… and we’ll do a NOLA garden pie that will be sourced from the farmers market.” 

Baron also is opening Cantina Comida (7130 Freret St., 504-669-2061), a Latin American eatery inside another Tulane watering hole, The Palms. Baron tapped chef Dave Usher, who previously worked at Annunciation and the La Cocinita food truck, to create the Latin-focused menu which will feature Colombian arepas, empanadas, tacos, open-faced burritos, plantain chips and yuca frites.

The restaurant has a full dining room, and Baron hopes the eatery will appeal to neighborhood residents as well as the college crowd.

“I think that the Tulane faculty and staff as well as the neighborhood will be really happy to have it here,” Baron says.

Boot Pizza and Grill will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight Sundays and Mondays, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays  and 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays 

Cantina Comida will be open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. 


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