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Cuban cafe and cocktail den El Libre has closed its French Quarter location and will move to a larger spot in Uptown in early 2018.
French Quarter Cuban cafe and cocktail hub El Libre (
508 Dumaine St.) has closed its French Quarter location. Its last day for business was Dec. 10, according to a Facebook post from the restaurant’s owners.
Blake Lindberg opened the jewel-box sized cafe in 2015. Last month, Lindberg announced the restaurant would expand with a second location Uptown
in the former Bud’s Broiler space on Calhoun Street. The owners had hoped to keep both locations open but “…have realized over the past week that managing both spaces will not be feasible, given the time commitment that our tiny cafe necessitates,” according to the online statement. “This is purely a business decision, as we have outgrown our little space and simply need a bigger boat. We are incredibly thankful for a wonderful two years and the amazing support that we have had from both tourists and our French Quarter community."
The new El Libre location is much larger than the French Quarter space, and will allow for an expanded food menu and bar, Lindberg said. The restaurant is expected to open in early 2018.