Warehouse District Mexican spot La Casita expands to Oak Street



Warehouse District Mexican restaurant La Casita (634 Julia St.; 218-8043) is expanding to the Riverbend neighborhood later this month with a location at 8400 Oak St. (504-826-9913). 

John Michael Wade opened the cozy Mexican joint on the bottom floor of a Julia Street townhouse in 2013. Sandwiched between a yoga studio and several art galleries, it offers a short, simple menu of appetizers, fresh salsas, tacos, burritos, margaritas and house-made juices.

The new La Casita takes over the 4,000-square-foot corner house that formally held Squeal Bar B Q.

“It looks like a completely different place in there,” Wade said, referencing the extensive renovations on the building, including knocking down a center wall between the dining rooms and expanding the central, wraparound bar.

The new location's menu will offer tacos filled with slow-cooked pork, pickled cabbage and ancho chili crema and a vegan version with roasted portobello mushrooms, roasted corn, pico de gallo and avocado. An in-house grinder will be used to ground corn to make masa for tortillas, Wade said.

“We’ll be doing everything that we do at the downtown spot but a lot more, too," Wade said. "There are a lot of things that we can do now that we can’t do at Julia Street. (At the Oak Street location) we’ll do a lot more seafood and a lot of grilled meats.” 

The restaurant will feature a bigger bar program, but Wade says diners can expect similar daily happy hours and plenty of fresh-squeezed margaritas and specialty drinks.

Nonalcoholic drinks include cinnamon-flavored Horchata and several types of agua fresca.

La Casita is scheduled to open Feb. 15, Wade says, with the possibility of an earlier soft-opening.

No changes are afoot at the existing Warehouse District space.

For more information, visit La Casita’s website, here.

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