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No Joke — Mizado Is Closing For Real This Time

The Taste Buds restaurant group changes its mind again


After a quick on-again-off-again affair with the concept of converting Mizado Latin Kitchen to a Zea’s Rottiserie & Bar, the Taste Buds restaurant group, which owns both restaurants, has moved toward what seems to be real commitment: Mizado is closing on July 1 and Zea’s will take its place. In a report on the closing, Todd Price writes that a spokesperson says that the transformation should be complete by fall.

This isn’t the first time that Taste Buds has changed its tune though. In early May, the restaurant group announced that Mizado would pour its final margarita on June 4. Loyal patrons showed enough dismay over the news and love for Mizado in the form of patronage that the restaurant group decided to keep the Latin kitchen open. It did not last.

This isn’t the first time parent company Taste Buds Management has changed up the restaurant on the property either, which it has owned for several decades. The first restaurant was an across the world noodle mash-up, Semolina, which opened in the early 90s. It reopened after Hurricane Katrina, but a fire eventually destroyed the building. Mizado, a fusiony Latin restaurant (Peking duck tacos, for example), opened in 2013. However, Zea Rotisserie & Bar is the company’s brand that really took off. With several locations, the newest one marks a return of the Zea’s brand to New Orleans.


Mizado Cocina

5080 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70118 (504) 885-5555

Zea Rotisserie & Grill

4450 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70006 (504) 780-9090 Visit Website