Casa Borrega to Open for Friday Night Latin Music Shows and Day of the Dead Party | Food and drink | Weekly Gambit

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Casa Borrega, the former Mexican restaurant on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, will reopen for a round of Latin music on Friday nights, owner Hugo Montero said.

The series kicks off Friday, October 14 with Latin jazz band Trio Colombia. The band will be set up on Borrega’s large back patio or indoors depending on the weather. There is a full bar and Latin tapas. Admission is free for the first two events. On October 21, Rivotrio will play Brazilian music.

Montero is hosting a Day of the Dead party on October 28. It will feature cumbia-based psychedelic band Tremolo Kings and Afro-Cuban jazz band OTRA. Admission is $20 or $10 with costume. (Montero typically builds a Day of the Dead altar in the New Orleans Botanical Gardens. This year, he will create one there and another at the New Orleans Jazz Museum.)

Casa Borrega is not reopening as a full restaurant and there will be no table service. Guests can order from a limited menu of Latin small plates at the kitchen.

Casa Borrega opened in 2013. Montero renovated the 1891 Greek Revival home at 1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., and filled it with folk art, and there are murals on the side of the building. He closed the restaurant in May.

The space is also available for private events, Montero says.

The cafe serves a scratch menu of breads, granola bowls, breakfast items, pressed sandwiches, and salads.

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