Slice Pizzeria (5538 Magazine Street) next to Whole Foods has confirmed that it will close today with plans to reopen in late July as Juan’s Flying Burrito, reports Where Y’at. The St. Charles location of Slice will remain open. This will be the fourth Juan’s Flying Burrito in the city.
Slice Pizzeria opened in that location after Italian Pie, another pizza spot, closed following a fire.
The restaurant group behind both Slice Pizzeria and Juan’s Flying Burrito is no stranger to switcheroos like this one. The same group was behind pan-Asian restaurant Lucky Rooster in the CBD, which closed to become a Juan’s Flying Burrito after Lucky Rooster failed to take off as planned.
The first Juan’s Flying Burrito opened on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District just before Mardi Gras in 1997 with a distinctly punk aesthetic. Over the years, the restaurant has maintained a lively aesthetic, but matured into a “Creole Taqueria.” The second location opened in Mid City in 2002. The third location opened in the CBD in 2014 after Lucky Rooster closed.