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August 2008 Archive

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Openings

One of the city's long-time masters of Jamaican cooking is back in business. Boswell's Jamaican Grill had been a fixture along South Broad Street and a gathering place for the city's island community for years before it was wrecked by the levee failures. But the restaurant now has reopened in a new spot not far away in Mid-City. Back is the menu of jerk chicken or pork, steamed, grilled or escabeche fish, beef or vegetable patties (the stuffed Jamaican pastries) and sandwiches made with jerk meats. In addition the restaurant serves a weekday lunch buffet with jerk chicken, brown chicken stew, chicken curry, the island greens called callaloo, rice and beans, and other staples for $8.50. Boswell's serves lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Boswell's Jamaican Grill, 3521 Tulane Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119, 504-482-6600.
 
A new wine bar and casual café called the Italian Barrel is open near the French Market. The menu lists 24 Italian wines, with most available by the glass, and a menu of cold appetizers, crostini, panini, salads and desserts. Proprietor Samantha Castagnetti opened the Italian Barrel In July, taking over a space that had long been the Barracks Street Café and more recently had a brief stint as the Drama Café. The café has a small bar and an adjoining room with a handful of tables and wine-themed décor. Italian Barrel serves lunch and dinner Tues.-Sun. Italian Barrel, 430 Barracks St., New Orleans, LA 70116, 504-569-0198.
 

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News Bytes

Business Lunch Menu at Galatoire’s
On Tues., Wed. and Thurs. from 11:30 a.m -3 p.m., the venerable Creole landmark Galatoire's is offering a new three-course "business lunch menu," which includes items not found on the tradition-bound regular menu. For instance, these meals may start with an avocado vichyssoise or a watermelon and tomato salad, followed by a sirloin steak served with herb butter and fries or a croque monsieur, the famous French sandwich of grilled ham and cheese on sourdough topped with a Gruyère custard. Caramel cup custard is the standard dessert. The three-course lunch costs $23. Galatoire's, 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-525-2021.
 

Chef Shuffle

Chef Rene Bajeux has left La Provence, the French restaurant in the Northshore community of Lacombe where he was hired last summer. La Provence, a stalwart among local French restaurants, changed hands when chef and restaurateur John Besh bought the establishment just months before the death of its founder, chef Chris Kerageorgiou. Bajeux, originally from France, was chef/owner of Rene Bistrot in downtown New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina and, in a release, the Besh Restaurant Group says Bajeux is interested in opening his own restaurant again.  He was replaced at La Provence by Randy Lewis, who was the chef at the now-defunct New Orleans restaurant Indigo.  La Provence, 25020 U.S. Hwy. 190, Lacombe, LA 70445, 985-626-7662.
 

Closings

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