It’s real, folks — Zea Rotisserie and Bar is swinging open its doors today in the Pontchartrain Boulevard space that was formerly the home of Mizado Latin Kitchen. Taste Buds Management, the company behind both restaurants, played with Mizado devotees’ heartstrings earlier this summer while it went back and forth about whether or not Mizado would close.
The drama started when Mizado announced that it would pour its final margarita on June 4, 2017. After Mizado lovers freaked out on social media, the folks behind the switcheroo decided that love was strong enough to keep the taco and margarita hub open. In the end, though, it really wasn't. The restaurant group once again announced that it would close Mizado, this time on July 1, 2017, and replace it with Zea. In one final twist to the saga, Mizado closed a few days ahead of schedule. And, now, Zea has opened and the final chapter is complete.
In a step meant to appeal to some former Mizado customers, the team at the new Zea decided to include four of the most popular items from Mizado menu on its menu — at this location only. Guacamole Mizado will still be concocted table side, while rotisserie duck tamales, tuna tiradito, and the cucumber jalapeño margarita are also available on the new restaurant’s menu.
This marks Zea’s return to New Orleans. It will be open seven days a week (Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays until 11 p.m.). Happy hour runs weekdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with $5 glasses of wine; $3 bottled beer; $4 house rocks margaritas; and other daily specials.
Take a peak a the menu: