In the News: One of the First Modern Food Trucks in New Orleans Will Open New Uptown Restaurant

La Cocinita, one of the original food trucks on the New Orleans culinary scene, is expanding with a brick-and-mortar restaurant at 4920 Prytania St, New Orleans, with projected opening date of May 2024.

Ian McNulty wrote about this restaurant for, reporting that the move allows the beloved red truck and its founders to expand the menu, incorporating more dishes that highlight Venezuelan roots while accommodating different diets and providing a full-service bar. To read the full article, visit here.

Corporate Realty’s Austin Lavin worked with La Cocinita partners Rachel and Benoit Angulo and Joseph Sturtz to find this location. “I enjoyed working with the La Cocinita team to find this great opportunity for growth, and I am looking forward to eating tons of tacos with them on Prytania Street,” he said.

Rachel said, “We first met Austin through a food truck project with Corporate Realty over a decade ago, and so when we decided we were ready to take the next step and open a restaurant, we knew we wanted to utilize his brokerage services.  We were thrilled with his performance from start to finish: his expertise in the field, attention to detail, persistence, negotiating skills, and down-to-earth personality are all top-notch.”

In 2011 the Angulos launched La Cocinita to feature street food from Benoit’s native Venezuela, stated McNulty’s article. The truck started as a late-night dining option while providing tasty dishes that were easy to eat, such as arepas with different fillings and tacos. The truck can still be found around town and for catering needs, and La Cocinita also exists in Chicago as a food truck and restaurant.

We have long been big fans of La Cocinita’s food, featuring this food truck with others in our annual transaction and recipe series in 2012, “Taking It to the Streets.” To try out one of its dishes for yourself, visit our website for the recipe Cachapas with Red Peppers and Tomatillo Sauce.

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