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Bud’s Broiler location in Uptown closes

El Libre Cuban cafe will open in the space in 2018



Bud's Broiler at 3151 Calhoun St. announced it would serve its last burgers Nov. 26. It will be replaced by an Uptown location of El Libre (508 Dumaine St., 504-309-2699;, says proprietor Blake Lindberg.

  Lindberg says he grew up eating at the Uptown burger joint — visiting "at least once a week" during high school. He will serve burgers and fries for Bud's fans while building upon El Libre's Cuban and Caribbean themes.

  Most of the current El Libre dishes, such as ropa vieja, maduras and Cubanos, will be offered, as well as Cuban and Caribbean-inspired po-boys, Lindberg says. A ropa vieja po-boy will be filled with spiced roast beef debris, and a Cuban-inspired cochon de Lait po-boy likely will be on the menu. Part of what has made the French Quarter location a success is its rum cocktails, and Lindberg says he plans on renovating the new space to include a bar with a similar theme.

  Lindberg expects to open the new cafe in February 2018.

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