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February 2016 Archive

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Openings

The up-and-coming South market neighborhood, adjacent to the Central Business District, is rapidly evolving to become a new restaurant row. With Willa Jean and Company Burger already up and running, Magasin Kitchen recently made its debut. This offshoot of Magasin Vietnamese Cafe, the popular Uptown Vietnamese restaurant, does not stray far from its predecessor, but the owner’s plans sound a bit more ambitious than the original. Many of the recipes offered in the Vietnamese restaurant have been handed down through the generations in Kim Nguyen’s family, including a Vietnamese pork meatloaf sandwich, fried rice with avocado and fried eggs in a cast-iron skillet. Nguyen does not yet have a liquor license, but eventually she hopes to serve Asian-inspired cocktails. Lunch & Dinner daily. Magasin Kitchen, 611 O'Keefe Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113, 504-571-5677.
 
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.
 

News Bytes

Leah Chase Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
The James Beard Foundation announced it will bestow its 2016 lifetime achievement award upon New Orleans restaurateur Leah Chase, owner of Dooky Chase. Chase, 93, is known for 75 years of service in the restaurant industry, as well as her historic role in the Civil Rights Movement. Dooky Chase’s was the meeting ground for black voter registration campaign organizers, the NAACP, political activists and countless others, and Leah Chase cooked for them all. The Southern Food & Beverage Museum named a permanent gallery in her honor in 2009, and she is a 2008 recipient of the National Restaurant Association's Faces of Diversity Award. But most important to New Orleanians, Chase still works a regular schedule at Dooky Chase’s. Dooky Chase, 2301 Orleans Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119, 504-821-0600.
 
"No Menu Tuesdays" to Debut at Coquette
Mark your calendar for the last Tuesday of each month. That is when Coquette chef/owner Michael Stoltzfus will offer his “No Menu Tuesday,” featuring a five-course dinner for $65. Stoltzfus plans to team with Meauxbar chef Kristen Essig, to produce a dinner with a different theme each month. There will be two seatings, 5:30 p.m., and 10 p.m., by reservation only. The price includes drink pairings. Stoltzfus plans to collaborate with other chefs and bartenders as the year progresses. Coquette, 2800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-265-0421.
 

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Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for New Orleans to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from the past. Dominique's, R.I.P.

There is good news for those who have sorely missed Guy’s Po-Boys. You may recall Guy’s building was hit by a car that crashed into the front of the building in December 2015. The shop has been closed since then, but the owner, Marv Matherne, has started to rebuild the front of the building. Guy’s is the “little restaurant that could,” since it has already survived two fires and come back to serve what some consider the city’s best examples of this classic New Orlans two-hander. No re-opening date has been revealed yet. Guy's Po-Boys, 5259 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-891-5025.
 

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