Success of Blue Tomato warrants sister restaurant just a few miles

Success of Blue Tomato warrants sister restaurant just a few miles

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The Blue Tomato was ripe for a nearby addition, said restaurant owner Rick Smith, who opened The Blue Banana at 998 Jefferson Highway a month ago.

Smith said high demand at the 4-year-old Blue Tomato, located at 4401 Jefferson Highway, warranted adding another restaurant just a few miles away.

We get a lot of people from Uptown and the Carrollton area all the way down to Central (Avenue), and we get a lot of people from Ochsner, so we opened here to take care of some of the overflow, he said. There’s a lot more room here.

Smith gutted the building, which he said housed a Cantonese restaurant, a grocery store and a florist at different times, and renovated it himself over eight months. He would not disclose the cost of the renovations.

In designing the new menu, Smith kept the Blue Tomato’s Mexican specialties, dropped pizza and added smoked ribs, new salads, steaks, macaroni and cheese and potato salad.

We added some down-home cooking so we’re not in competition with ourselves, Smith said.

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