Six tenants have signed leases to open at Ichiban Square, a roughly 21,450-square-foot retail center under development at the corner of Essen Lane and Perkins Road.
New to Baton Rouge is MoMo Tea, an Asian-inspired tea and dessert shop specializing in fruit teas, Hong Kong bubble waffles, Taiwanese shaved ice and cheese tea, a tea milkshake popular in Asia and New York.
“It’s a craze right now,” says Carmen Austin, an associate broker for Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Realty and the shopping center’s leasing agent. “Extremely Instagram-worthy desserts.”
Tenants also include a few chains Baton Rougeans are probably familiar with: Salad Station and Jambalaya Shoppe. Austin says a fast-casual restaurant chain with 180 locations is also joining the center. She declines to name the chain but says the Ichiban Square location will have outdoor seating and alcohol service.
Good Eats Kitchen, a Lafayette-based kitchen with prepared meals-to-go, will occupy a 1,500-square-foot space in between Smoothie King and Hot Works Yoga. An optometrist will also move in within the next couple months.
Construction on the center is ongoing, Austin says, adding it’s 87% pre-leased and has just two remaining vacancies. She expects Agave Blue Tequila and Taco Bar and Hot Works Yoga, which were both announced last October, to open “any day now.”
The three-building retail center—which is being developed by Chris Shaheen, who is also behind The Oasis of Baton Rouge—is adjacent to Ichiban Restaurant.