The highly-anticipated pop-up park Roux Carre is now officially open at 2000 O.C. Haley, and as Ian McNulty reports, diversity and inclusivity make this new Central City spot a true gem. The project—masterminded by the nonprofit Good Work Network that assists female/minority operated start-ups— features five up and coming vendors (who pay below-market rent) and loads of affordable food choices in a $1.2 million dollar open-air food court concept.
The opening roster includes:
- Estralita's Cafe and Carryout: Gumbo, red beans and more from Westbank fave Estralita Soniat
- Johnny's Jamaican Grill: Jerk chicken, fried plantains, and more from Clinton Haughton
- The Papusa Lady: Papusas and ceviche from RioMar alum Miriam Rodriguez
- Splendid Pig: Small plates including salads crab cakes from Brandon Blackwell and Jennifer Sherrod
- The Juice Box: Popsicles and juice from non-profit The Youth Empowerment Project
The food court features a covered outdoor seating area and a stage for live performances. The vendors are intended to ever-rotating, with the hope that they'll be successful enough to venture out on their own.
Opening hours: Wed-Sat, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.