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.
The owner of the three wildly popular Dat Dog locations in New Orleans, Skip Murray, has stretched his own boundaries by opening a hot dog and hamburger place called Dis & Dat. The new restaurant is located in mid-city, and will feature a number of Dat Dog's hot dog selections, with the addition of a variety of burgers. The restaurant also offers beer and wine. Murray says his burgers are coated with a "secret glaze" made from a recipe given to him by a chef he once worked with in London. Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun. Dis & Dat, 2540 Banks St., New Orleans, LA 70119, 504-909-0458.
Magasin, the highly popular uptown contemporary Vietnamese restaurant, has announced plans to open a second location in the under-construction Paramount building downtown. The Paramount will be a mixed use facility, including new condos, retail and restaurant space. Slated to open in early 2015, the new restaurant will be called Magasin Kitchen. Magasin's owners said their new space will be dedicated to sustainable and seasonal produce, as well as a green design and environmentally friendly business model. The Paramount is located in a section of downtown that has been renamed the South Market District. Magasin Kitchen, 611 O'Keefe Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113, no phone.
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.
In a town crazy for home-grown po' boys, the idea of opening another sandwich shop may be daunting for some, but not Mike Brewer, the owner of the recently opened The Sammich. Located on an uptown restaurant row near the University area, The Sammich's menu is distinctive. From the duck fat fries to the fried lobster knuckle sandwich in mango cream to the flash-fried escargot, there is nothing routine about this place. The building has housed many restaurant concepts over the past decade or so, but Brewer's idea of taking classic entrees and refashioning them as sandwiches is unique to the area. Oh, and about the name: It's a local colloquialism for "sandwich." Lunch & Dinner Daily. The Sammich, 7708 Maple St., New Orleans, LA 70116, 504-726-6424.
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.
Chef Emeril Joins Ty Pennington for New TV Series
Emeril Lagasse, arguably one of the best-known faces in food-related television ("Top Chef," "Emeril Live"), has teamed up with TV personality Ty Pennington ("Exttreme Home Makeover") for a new TNT series, "On the Menu." The new show will feature a cooking competition among everyday cooks who vie for a chance to have their dishes served in major restaurant chains across the country. Four cooks will face off in each episode, in which Emeril will provide expertise and industry insider tips. Participating restaurants include Chili's, Denny's, California Pizza Kitchen, Emeril's, Outback Steakhouse and several other top national names. Emeril's, 800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-528-9393.
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.
The coming year --- 2015 --- is already shaping up to be a banner year for new restaurant openings in New Orleans, and now Sylvain chef Alex Harrell has announced his own new venture. Harrell will leave Sylvain before the end of this year to open Angeline in the space formerly occupied by Stella! restaurant. There is no word yet on a projected opening date, but what is known is that Harrell will stay with what he does best --- traditional Southern cooking. Other prospects showed interest in the Stella! space, largely because chef Scott Boswell had created what is held to be one of the finest and most cutting-edge kitchen spaces in the city. Angeline will reportedly offer entrées in the $20 range, and small plates at the bar. Sylvain, 625 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-265-8123.
After a much-ballyhooed debut of his restaurant, Dominique's on Magazine, and a successful one-and-a-half year run, chef Dominique Macquet unexpectedly announced his departure from the business. Macquet has helmed a number of restaurants in New Orleans for the past two decades, and is well-known throughout the community. Although he has not announced specific plans, it is likely he will continue to work in the city. Dominique's on Magazine, 4213 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-891-9282.
After a successful two-year run, chef Michael Gottlieb has left The Rib Room at the Omni Royal Orleans in the French Quarter. Gottlieb is returning to his home town, Savannah, GA, to open his own deli and bakery. Gottlieb's family has operated eateries in Savannah off and on for more than a century. The hotel has not yet named a new chef. Rib Room, Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, 621 St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-529-7045.
Just weeks after Slade Rushing left his post as executive chef at MiLa, his wife and chef partner Alison-Vines-Rushing, ended her seven-year run at the restaurant. The Rushings brought a unique blend of traditional Louisiana dishes and time-tested Mississippi recipes to the fine dining establishment located in the heart of the Central Business District. Slade Rushing has taken over the kitchen at Brennan's. Allison Vines-Rushing has not announced future occupational plans, and intends to spend some quality time with her two small children. The Renaissance Hotel, where MiLa is located, has not announced plans for the restaurant now that the Rushings have moved on. MiLa, Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel, 817 Common St., New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-412-2580.
Crescent Pie & Sausage, a favorite mid-city casual dining spot, has closed. Although the restaurant did a respectable volume of business, the owners have decided to concentrate their efforts in another part of town. The Tulane Avenue corridor, home to the massive new LSU Medical Complex, is ripe for casual eateries, and owner Jeff Baron intends to take full advantage of the impending groundswell of business. Baron and his chef Bart Bell will open Crescent Plate, serving lunch only. With construction on the new hospital complex moving rapidly, the long stretch of Tulane Avenue is expected to become a high-traffic area in the coming months. The pair will operate a catering company out of the same location. Crescent Pie & Sausage, 4400 Banks St., New Orleans, LA 70119, no phone.
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