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Three new restaurants open or set to open so

The restaurant business, feeling its oats, continues to sprout up new food service places. The most recent are a Cajun lunch spot downtown, an expansion of a NuLu business into Portland, and a new Mexican restaurant in New Albany.

Israel Landin, who owned the former La Rosita restaurant, is planning a new Latin eatery, to be called A Taste of Mexico, at the former La Rosita location at 1515 E. Market St., New Albany.  An opening date hasn’t been announced.

La Rosita occupied that location before moving to a much bigger building at the corner of Spring and Pearl streets, which closed abruptly in 2013.

Lou Orleans, serving Cajun food, has opened at 430 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. Initial serving options include a lunch buffet Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The choices are chicken sausage gumbo, salad  bar and a rotating selection of red beans and rice, jambalaya, Cajun smothered potatoes with shrimp, Cajun smothered cabbage and sausage and fresh sautéed vegetable with chicken. And a la carte lunch menu includes Po’ Boys and gumbo.

Please and Thank You, the popular breakfast, lunch and vinyl listening store in NuLu, has opened a production facility in West Louisville at 231 N. 17th St.

The 1,300-square feet space , Called Hot Coffee, was needed to supplement the small store at 800 E. Market St.  The coffee shop/bakery business produces coffee and baked goods and other items for other businesses and for online customers.

In addition to being a production facility, the West Louisville location has a walk-up window where customers can order coffee, cookies, soft-serve ice cream and nachos, among other items. Vaughn said the window is not technically open, but they won’t turn people away.