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Few restaurant openings have been as hotly anticipated in New Orleans as Tracey’s at 2604 Magazine St. Tracey’s long and winding road to its opening has been followed by the thousands of locals who loved its former incarnation, Parasol’s. Parasol’s was located just blocks from the new Tracey’s, and for years was the local spot for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. The annual party was so big it poured out in to the surrounding residential streets. When Parasol’s lost its lease last year, the owners took their concept, menu and entire staff to the new location and reopened. If all of that is not complicated enough, Tracey’s was actually the original name of Parasol’s, way back when. The new spot still serves its signature juicy roast beef po-boy for under ten bucks, and outdoor seating has been added. Lunch & Dinner daily. Tracey's, 2604 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-897-5413.
The New Year began in New Orleans with an array of great new restaurants. One of the Uptown area’s favorite local chains, New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Company at 4141 St. Charles Ave., is known for its overstuffed po-boys and build-your-own-burger bar. Also Uptown is the new Cowbell (8801 Oak St.), helmed by chef Brack May, who is best known for his stint at the now-shuttered CBD eatery, Cobalt. May’s eclectic new menu features burgers made from grass-fed beef, organic beef chili cheese fries and grilled fish tacos with black beans. This one is hard to categorize, but that may be its key to success. Another recent debut is Café Abyssinia (3511 Magazine St.), where the theme is curry. Ethiopian cuisine populates the menu, including a stellar vegetarian platter featuring five different offerings, served with a bread called “injera” (think thin pizza crust). Café Abyssinia is a tiny place with minimalist décor, but the flavors are big and spicy. Lunch & Dinner daily.

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Chef Scott Boswell Announces Expansion Plans for Stanley
Chef Scott Boswell is expanding his burgeoning restaurant empire. Boswell, who owns Stella! and Stanley restaurants, revealed his plans to add an additional 1,000 square feet to Stanley. This is great news for the masses who can’t get enough of Boswell’s bananas Foster French toast, and, of course, his soft-shell crab po-boy. Boswell’s Stanley was one of the first restaurants to re-open after Katrina, when the chef actually cooked hamburgers outside on the sidewalk, using propane gas he secured from the National Guard. These days, the restaurant is in a high-profile Jackson Square location, just blocks from his fine dining restaurant, Stella! Meanwhile, Boswell announced he will be in charge of catering, concessions and private parties at the new high-end motocross track being built in nearby Avondale. Look for an early summer opening. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Stanley, 547 St. Ann St., New Orleans, LA 70116, 504-587-0093.

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