District Donuts Sliders Brew opened to great acclaim and long lines last year, and now the Garden District donut shop is opening a new concept uptown. District Hand Pie & Coffee Bar occupies a high-profile corner shop that previously was home to PJ's Coffee. The new concept features both sweet and savory pies and a number of creative coffee drinks. Look for pies filled with such items as as kung pao chicken, oyster dressing, red beans and rice, and beef Wellington, among others. The menu changes daily, and features two cream pies, two fruit pies and at least two savory options. District Hand Pie & Coffee Bar, 5637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115, no phone.
Locals were sorry to see the elegant Stella! restaurant close last year, but now the space once occupied by Stella! will see new life, thanks to longtime Sylvain chef Alex Harrell. Harrell will open Angeline this winter. Harrell has not revealed much about the menu, except to say that it will feature traditional Southern cooking. Those who were put off by Stella's prices will be happy to hear that Harrell plans a moderate price structure, and he hopes to attract those who live in the surrounding residential French Quarter neighborhood. Angeline, 1032 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116, no phone.
Finally, someone sees the wisdom of combining two of New Orleans' favorites: ice cream and alcohol. Kream will open in the Carrollton neighborhood in the near future, featuring booze-infused dessert treats, even late at night. Among them will be such cleverly named items as "poptails," made with gin, vodka, bitters and lemon. And what good Southerner wouldn't enjoy mint julep shaved ice? Kream joins a growing list of restaurants situated in a three-block radius. Kream, 8116 Oak St., New Orleans, LA 70116, no phone.
When chef Dominique Macquet abruptly announced his departure from Dominique's on Magazine, that spelled the end for the elegant, high-profile uptown restaurant. Rumors swirled about the future of the building, until Dominica and Pizza Domenica chef Alon Shaya revealed plans to occupy the space with his new restaurant, Shaya. Shaya will feature authentic Israeli cuisine. While detailed plans have yet to be announced, what is known is that Shaya, who was born in Israel, will feature a number of Middle Eastern recipes that were handed down through the generations of his family. Shaya, who offered sneak peeks of these dishes at Domenica, is reportedly looking forward to bringing these dishes to New Orleans, many for the first time. Shaya, 4213 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70125, no phone.
Just days before Brennan's Restaurant reopened, former owner Ted Brennan announced final plans for a new restaurant in the French Quarter. Ted Brennan's Decatur is tenatively slated to open in Spring 2015. With longtime Brennan's chef, Lazone Randolph, helming the kitchen, Ted Brennan's new operation will reportedly feature traditional French Cajun cuisine, much the same as was featured in the former incarnation of Brennan's on Royal Street. Ted Brennan's Decatur, 309 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116, no phone.
After a long, contentious court battle for ownership, and an even longer, extensive renovation, the fabled Brennan's has reopened. New owners Ralph Brennan and Terry White debuted their fully refashioned building in November, along with chef Slade Rushing in the kitchen. As a testament to how iconic the restaurant is in New Orleans, attendees at the grand opening and ceremony included every major local media organization, many Louisiana politicians and a number of high-profile New Orleanians, some of whom had dined at Brennan's since its opening in 1956. Even the original chef, Paul Blange, and original manager, Ella Brennan (current owner of Commander's Palace) were in attendance. Thankfully, many of the tried and true Brennan's recipes remain on the menu, including the famed Bananas Foster, as well as Eggs Hussarde, the most popular breakfast item. Rushing's new menu includes a number of new and contemporary Creole preparations, too. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Brennan's, 417 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-525-9711.
When the owners of Lucky Rooster decided to close the place down in favor of opening a third location of their popular Mexican concept, Juan's Flying Burrito, it seemed like the end of the road for the Asian eatery. But now the owners are reportedly planning to reopen Lucky Rooster as a food truck. Food trucks are becoming increasingly popular in the New Orleans metro area, so much so that a central city vacant lot will open next year as a site for multiple food trucks to park and serve area customers on a rotating basis. Will the owners bring back Lucky Rooster's Korean fried chicken? One can only hope.
Although a projected opening date has not been announced, the owners of The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk revealed that Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill is on track to open inside the shopping center. The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk occupies a massive riverfront space in downtown New Orleans. The 19,000-square-foot restaurant location is currently under construction. The Outlet Collection opened in late May. The restaurant serves steaks, burgers, fries and a variety of appetizers. Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill, Port of New Orleans Pl., New Orleans, LA 70116, 504-522-1555.
Another New Owner for Frankie & Johnny's
Open since World War II, Frankie & Johnny's has seen more ownership and management changes in the past couple of years than in decades. Known for its great boiled and fried seafood and crawfish dishes, the restaurant announced a new owner in 2013, and now has another one. This time, chef David McCelvey is at the helm, after a number of years working for most of Emeril Lagasse's restaurants in New Orleans. Thankfully, no major changes are expected on the menu, or to the weathered interior. After more than half a century in business, most items are still priced under $10. Frankie & Johnny's, 321 Arabella St., New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-243-1234.
New Look for Cafe Adelaide
Cafe Adelaide has a new design in honor of its 10th anniversary. Guests will find white lacquered walls, teal blue tufted banquets, pearlized table tops and pop art-inspired portraits of the restaurant’s namesake, Adelaide Brennan. Cafe Adelaide, Loews New Orleans Hotel, 300 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-595-3300.
Legal Battle Erupts Over Galatoire's Ownership
Way back in 2009, when John Georges purchased the venerable Galatoire's on Bourbon Street, there were others vying for ownership. One of them was Terry White, now co-owner of the soon-to-be-re-opened Brennan's Restaurant on Royal Street. Now, five years later, White is challenging Georges in court, claiming that Georges illegally purchased Galatoire's out from under him. Claiming a series of financial and legal maneuvers that resulted in Georges' purchase of Galatoire's, White now says the deal was not legitimate. White's suit, filed in New Orleans Civil District Court, seeks to undo the sale, or provide White unspecified damages. When Georges purchased Galatoire's, he was running for Mayor of New Orleans. He now owns the New Orleans Advocate newspaper. Galatoire's, 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-525-2021.
Booty's Street Food to Debut New Restaurant Concept in CBD
Having already livened up the Bywater neighborhood, Booty's Street Food owners announced plans to debut a second concept in the Central Business District. The under-construction Paramount Apartments will feature retail and restaurant space on its ground level, and Booty's owners owners will open Ursa Major, a small plates and international craft cocktail restaurant. The restaurant will be open to the public, and offer poolside dining for residents and their guests. No opening date has been announced, but it will happen in 2015. Booty's Street Food, 800 Louisa St., New Orleans, LA 70117, 504-266-2887.
Sylvain Owner Announces Plans for a Second Restaurant
Sean McCusker, the creative force behind Sylvain, the popular French Quarter gastropub, announced plans to open Manor on Magazine. The new restaurant will be located in what was once a grand old New Orleans house, most recently home to an upscale spa. Manor on Magazine is slated for a 2015 opening (date not yet announced). With the recently revealed impending departure of Sylvain chef Alex Harrell, McCusker promoted sous chef Martha Wiggins, who will likely oversee both the Sylvain and Manor on Magazine kitchens. Harrell had planned a Southern-style menu, since that is his forte, but no information has been released yet about what type of menu Wiggins will develop for the new 65-seat restaurant. Sylvain, 625 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-265-8123.
Just months after a grand re-opening, Broussard's in the French Quarter has a new chef. Replacing opening chef Guy Reinboldt, Broussard's hired local chef Neal Swidler. Swidler, who helmed the kitchen at the short-lived Lucky Rooster (now Juan's Flying Burrito), also used to be chef de cuisine at Emeril's Delmonico. The most surprising aspect of the announcement that Swidler was hired is that he plans to add Caribbean dishes to Broussard's very traditional Creole menu. While it is not known yet how that will play out, Swidler has already revealed he will bring lighter sauces to existing Creole recipes. Reinboldt had added several tableside preparations, which reportedly will remain. Broussard's, 819 Conti St., New Orleans, LA 70116, 504-581-3866.
Martinique Bistro, one of Uptown New Orleans' most charming fine-dining spots, has closed. The owners, who also own Dick & Jenny's further uptown, announced the closing unexpectedly. They will reportedly retain ownership of the building, which is now leased to chef Nick Lama from Gautreau's. Lama plans to renovate the interior and open a new restaurant called Ava, serving Italian cuisine. Martinique's closing came as a surprise to a number of regular customers who generally scrambled to secure a table in one of the most romantic courtyard settings. No reason was given for the closing. Martinique Bistro, 5908 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115, no phone.
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