The little-bit delayed but highly-anticipated pop-up park Roux Carre will officially open on O.C. Haley on November 27, Helen Freund reports this week. The project—masterminded by the Good Work Network, a Cental City-based nonprofit that assists female and minority operated start-ups— will work somewhat as an incubator, featuring five up and coming vendors at a time. Roux Carre had originally been planned as a food truck lot, but switcherooed into a $1.2 million dollar open-air food court concept to further shift the emphasis onto local small businesses.
The opening roster includes:
- Estralita's Cafe and Carryout: gumbo, red beans and more
- Johnny's Jamaican Grill: jerk chicken, fried plantains, more
- Miriam Rodriguez, The Papusa Lady: pupusas; ceviche (Rodriguez formerly made ceviches for Adolfo Garcia at RioMar)
- Splendid Pig: gumbo, ribs, more meaty items
- Youth Empowerment Project: popsicles, juice
Ms. Linda Green was previously announced as a vendor, but it appears that she is no longer involved. Each vendor will have his/her own 'pod' and will also share a large, communal kitchen. Most menu items range from $3 to $10.
The food court features a covered outdoor seating area, a performance space and an artist in residence program for performers, plus a large television for games and movie nights. Opening hours: Wed-Sat, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.