St. Tammany-based Habanero’s slated to open new restaurant in Luling

Local area Mexican restaurant chain Habanero’s, an eatery with three other locations in the St. Tammany Parish area, is set to open its latest location in Luling later this year at the site of the former Santos Restaurant on Highway 90.

The restaurant’s new Luling location is currently undergoing interior renovations; owner Omar Lugo says their current plans have them opening sometime in the fall of 2023, with no specific opening date established yet. Habanero’s new St. Charles Parish site will feature drink specials created just for the Luling location, while its menu will be like the one used by its other restaurant locations.

According to its website, Habanero’s aims to deliver “a well-traveled menu of dishes that emulate the street foods and laid-back eateries of native Mexico.”

When renovations are complete, company representative Jocelyn Sweeney says the new Habanero’s Luling location is expected to have similar operating hours as the company’s other locations, which are: Monday thru Thursday, 11 AM to 9:30 PM; Friday thru Saturday, 11 AM to 10:30 PM; Sunday, 11 AM to 9 PM.

The interior design of each Habanero’s restaurant features striking neon lighting and contemporary Mexican folk-art themes, laid out and designed by husband-and-wife owners Omar and Dulce Lugo.

Both natives of Mexico, Omar and Dulce Lugo and their parents separately immigrated to the Dalton, Georgia area for employment, which is where the couple first met each other as children. Together they worked in the restaurant industry for several years in varying positions before founding their first Habanero’s location in 2014. Beginning with one St. Tammany area restaurant, Habanero’s now has two locations in Covington, along with a single location in Slidell. In addition to its upcoming Luling location, the family-operated chain has a Metairie location slated to open in July, followed by a Baton Rouge location scheduled to open in December.


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