Restaurateur Ted Brennan passed away in August 2016, but his project, Ted Brennan's Decatur, will reportedly continue as planned. Previous Brennan's chef Lazone Randolph will oversee 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.
Bar Frances in Uptown New Orleans offers the French-influenced New American cuisine of executive chef Brendan Cahill. Daily happy hour, a menu of small plates and entrées, wines by the bottle and glass, and cocktails like the Paloma blending tequila, lime, grapefruit and soda are all part of the mix. Bar Frances, 4525 Freret St., New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-371-5043.
Chef John Besh, who continually adds new restaurants to his collection, has re-opened the Caribbean Room at the historic Pontchartrain Hotel. Originally opened in 1927, the Garden District hotel was a dining destination for decades before the restaurant closed in 1994. Known for its “Mile High Pie,” the room was often a special occasion choice for locals. In addition to the restaurant, Besh also opened other outlets in the hotel, including the Bayou Bar, the Silver Whistle Café and the Hot Tin rooftop lounge. Caribbean Room, 2031 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70140, 504-323-1500.
One of New Orleans’ favorite after-work gathering spots, The Delachaise, has opened a second location in Uptown. Chais Delachaise made its debut on the emerging restaurant row on Maple Street. Owner Evan Hayes plans to offer the same menu of rotating small plates at the new venture. Chais Delachaise, 7708 Maple St., New Orleans, LA 70118, 504-510-4509.
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.
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.
Chef Susan Spicer Announces Plans for New Restaurant
Even an old, abandoned police station can morph into a restaurant in New Orleans. Just ask chef Susan Spicer (Bayona, Mondo), who announced plans to convert an old precinct, complete with a jail cell, into her newest enterprise. Although stil unnamed, and details remain under wraps, the new place, says Spicer, will open in 2016; the dining area will occupy about 2,000 square feet, with another 1,300 square feet for outdoor seating. Located between Lakeview and Mid-City, Spicer's upcoming restaurant site faces the new Lafitte Greenway, a recently completed multi-use, massive green space. Bayona, 430 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-525-4455.
Just blocks from chef Emeril Lagasse's flagship restaurant, Emeril's, the chef's newest restaurant is getting ready to debut. Meril (named for the chef's daughter), slated to open later this year, will have chef Will Avelar in charge of the cuisine. Avelar has worked for the Emeril's organization for just over 10 years. Lagasse is known for promoting his chefs from within the company. Meril, 424 Girod St., New Orleans, LA 70130, no phone.
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