Albasha co-founder tapping into Tex-Mex for latest Baton Rouge restaurant concept

    A founder of one of Baton Rouge’s most popular Greek and Lebanese restaurants is taking his flavor profile south of the border, with plans to open a Mexican restaurant on Coursey Boulevard by the start of the new year.

    Naser Dyak, a co-founder of Albasha—which has five Baton Rouge area locations and three others in the Northshore and New Orleans areas—says renovations on the former Las Palmas restaurant at 11333 Coursey are nearly complete. It will reopen as Los Reyes, which Dyak says will feature a traditional Tex-Mex menu with some unique twists.

    “I’ve been in the restaurant business for a long time and I like the location,” Dyak says of the new restaurant venture. “I like the area and I had a vision.”

    Dyak is partnering with Khalid Saleh and Carl Duffield on the new restaurant, which is located near South Sherwood Forest Boulevard. The trio took over the building when Las Palmas shut down this summer and renovations began shortly thereafter. Among them, a large fountain is being added and the patio is being updated for outdoor seating, Dyak says. The bar is also getting a facelift to give the restaurant a more polished look.

    The price range at Los Reyes will be between $9 to $15 for lunch and $12 to $15 for dinner, Dyak says.

    —Sam Karlin

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