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April 2008 Archive

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Jeff Domangue has opened his new Kenner fine dining restaurant Pellicano Ristorante, located next to the Vintage Wine Store. The chef is Christopher Cody and his menu takes a fusion approach to Asian, French and Italian cuisines with a healthy dose of local seafood. Pellicano Ristorante, 4224 Williams Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70119, 504-467-2930.
A new hookah bar, lounge and late-night restaurant has opened by the hub of Frenchmen Street nightlife attractions. Jericho's Lazziza has a menu mixing such Middle Eastern staples as hummus and lentil soup with burgers and pizza, plus an array of flavored tobaccos for its hookah water pipes, which patrons typically share around a table. Lazziza features belly dancers on Friday nights beginning at 11 p.m. Demand determines kitchen hours but these days the new restaurant has been serving as late as 5 a.m. Jericho's Lazziza, 2106 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116, 504-943-0416.
The Creole Skillet Local chef Trent Rapps has opened a new restaurant in the Warehouse District called the Creole Skillet, taking over the former location of True Brew Coffeehouse, which did not reopen after Hurricane Katrina. Rapps helped open Austin's and the New City Grille, both in Metairie, before he and his wife Betsy came up with the plan for their own restaurant. His menu features contemporary Creole dishes with plenty of modern Cajun touches. The Creole Skillet, 200 Julia St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-304-6318.

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Changes at The New Orleans Grill Room
Management at the Windsor Court Hotel recently decided to cut the position of executive chef at its flagship restaurant, The New Orleans Grill Room. The position had been held since July by Greg Sonnier, who had earned national recognition for his cuisine at Gabrielle, the restaurant he and his wife Mary operated in New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina. Brett Breaux, the chef for the hotel's catering operations, is now also in charge of the kitchen for The New Orleans Grill Room and the hotel's Polo Lounge. The New Orleans Grill Room, Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-522-1994.
Ruth's Chris Returns
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse announced plans to open a new steakhouse in New Orleans later this spring in Harrah's Hotel. The new restaurant would mark the first return to New Orleans for the national steakhouse chain since Hurricane Katrina. Ruth's Chris reopened its Metairie restaurant a few months after Katrina, but the company's original location in Mid-City has remained shuttered since the flood. Ruth's Chris relocated its headquarters from the New Orleans area to Orlando, Fla. immediately after Hurricane Katrina. The planned new restaurant will have outdoor seating along the Fulton Street pedestrian mall, will have banquet rooms and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 228 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130, no phone available yet.

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Riche, the French-themed restaurant originally opened by celebrity chef Todd English, closed its doors in March. The restaurant opened in 2006 in the first floor of Harrah's Hotel and will be replaced by a new location of the Ruth's Chris Steakhouse chain.

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