Ted Brennan's new restaurant, Ted Brennan's Decatur, will be located just two bocks from Brennan's, with previous Brennan's chef Lazone Randolph in the kitchen. Ted Brennan's Decatur will be a 12,000-square-foot, two-story facility in a location that has seen many restaurants and bars come and go over the past several years. Ted Brennan's Decatur, 309 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116, no phone.
Guy's Po-Boys, one of New Orleans' most treasured spots for huge, overstuffed po-boy sandwiches, has re-opened. The building had been closed for repairs for several months since a drunk driver crashed into the front of the building, causing extensive structural and cosmetic damage. Owner Marvin Matherne has proven himself to be one of the most determined restaurant owners in town, since the building has been forced to close twice in the past following fires. With a fresh new look, Guy's serves the same menu, and expect to wait in the same line to order, but it moves quickly. Guy's Po-Boys, 5259 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-891-5025.
The "bakery with a bar" concept seems to be catching on in New Orleans. After the splashy opening of Willa Jean earlier this year, the next entrant into this distinctive field is Bakery Bar, occupying the space that once housed Eleven 79 Restaurant. Owned by Charlotte McGehee and Charles Mary IV, Bakery Bar serves the locally beloved doberge cake and a full range of cocktails. Doberge cake, a local favorite, is a six-layer butter cake that is usually done in lemon or chocolate. At Bakery Bar, the doberge cake is offered in a variety of flavors, as well as in smaller bite-size portions. McGehee, aleady known locally for her pop-up, Debbie Does Doberge, has partnered with Mary to offer not just cake and cocktails, but a limited menu of savory items, as well. Chefs Mason Hereford and Jordan Brown plan to expand the menu as the business grows. Bakery Bar, 1179 Annunciation St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-265-8884.
A plan is in place to bring Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville back to New Orleans. Although the last incarnation closed in 2015, a newer, much bigger Margaritaville may be opening not far from House of Blues in the French Quarter. Plans have been drawn up and submitted to the City of New Orleans for approval, but the company has hit a few snags that must be resolved. Since the $8 million, three-story structure will have a large rooftop bar, neighbors have expressed concern about the potential noise level. The City had expressed concern about the design of the building, specifically the size of the windows and doors, but that hurdle has been overcome and the design is now approved. The company hopes to begin construction later this year. Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, 336 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116, no phone.
In a town that is somewhat short on great barbecue restaurants, it comes as welcome news that Moe’s Original Bar B Que is now open in Uptown New Orleans. Located at the corner of Calhoun and South Tonti streets, Moe’s is a chain restaurant with more than 40 locations nationwide. Diners can expect smoked pork, ribs, turkey,chicken and chicken wings, plus fried catfish, with a selection of traditional Southern sides and daily specials. The place is casual, and customers order at the counter, rather than from servers at their tables. Moe’s is located in a space that has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina. It used to be the home of a popular Tulane student hangout called Kokopelli’s. Lunch & Dinner daily. Moe's Original Bar B Que, 3150 Calhoun St., New Orleans, LA 70118, 504-301-3790.
Tujague's Celebrates a Milestone
Tujague's, one of the most iconic dining spots in New Orleans, is turning 160 years old. To celebrate, the owners have decided to offer a special three-course weekday lunch for $18.56, in honor of the restaurant's founding year. The offer will extend indefinitely. Additionally, throughout the year the restaurant will host guest chefs and special events commememorating the restaurant's long run on Decatur Street. The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, also located in New Orleans, will soon debut a special exhibit dedicated to the restaurant's history. Tujague's, 823 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116, 504-525-8676.
Grand Isle Adds New Happy Hour Offers
Grand Isle Restaurant, the popular Central Business District eatery, has added some new attractions to its weekday happy hour, which runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The restaurant now offers oysters at just 50 cents each, half priced draft beer, wines by the glass and cocktails. Also available are half pounds of boiled shrimp for seven dollars. Grand Isle, 575 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-520-8530.
District Donuts Set to Expand
District Donuts Sliders Brew has met with such success on Magazine Street, that the owners announced plans to open a new location on Harrison Avenue in the Lakeview neighborhood. The owners plan for the new location to be much like the original, with a similar menu and layout. The company also owns District Hand Pie & Coffee Bar uptown. Since shortly after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Harrison Avenue has become a restaurant hub in Lakeview. The new restaurant will be the only one of its type in the neighborhood. District Donuts Sliders Brew, 2209 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-570-6945.
Kristin Essig, executive chef at Meauxbar, and the recently opened Cavan, announced she will resign. John Bel, who has been with Meauxbar since 2014, will be the new executive chef at Meuxbar. At Cavan, which opened in March, Ben Thibodeaux will assume the executive chef position. Thibodeaux comes from Tableau. Essig says she is weighing her options for her next project, but that she will continue to be a chef. Essig became executive chef at Meauxbar after her stint at the now-shuttered Ste. Marie restaurant. Meauxbar, 942 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116, 504-569-9979.
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