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July 2014 Archive

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Openings

For many years Landry's Seafood in the Lakeview area was one of the few restaurants on Harrison Avenue. It never re-opened after the 2005 hurricanes, but now a popular figure on the New Orleans restaurant scene has breathed new life into the building. Danny Millan, a former host and maitre'd at Brennan's and Le Foret restaurants, oversaw a complete redesign of the interior and opened Cava. With such dishes as lobster and wild mushroom risotto and soft-shell shrimp rémoulade, Cava is already taking off with the local crowd. That may be because the Cajun/Creole cuisine prepared by chefs Adam Asher and Donovan Tullier Sr. feels familiar to the locals. The difference may be in the chic interior, not always seen in Cajun or Creole eateries. The elegant dining room seats only 65 guests, so reservations are highly recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Cava, 789 Harrison Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124, 504-304-9034.
 
John Besh will open Johnny Sanchez with Aaron Sanchez Chef John Besh, rapidly becoming the dining baron of New Orleans, has announced plans to open another restaurant. This time, Besh will partner with celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez, to open Johnny Sanchez. The restaurant will occupy the space that once housed Ste. Marie in the Central Business District. Sanchez is known to many as the co-host of the Food Network's show, "Chopped." As for the concept, Besh describes it as a "spirited taqueria," complete with what may become the longest list of tequila offerings in the city. Johnny Sanchez will reportedly open late this year.
 

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News Bytes

"The Hundred-Foot Journey" Film Opens August 8
From Lasse Hallström, director of "Chocolat," "The Hundred-Foot Journey" opens in theaters on August 8, 2014. Helen Mirren stars alongside Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon in this lighthearted tale of love and food set in the South of France. Read the full film review on GAYOT's blog
 
La Petite Grocery Team to Open Second Restaurant
One of New Orleans' highly respected chef/restaurateurs, Justin Devillier and his wife, Mia Devillier, have announced plans to open a second restaurant.  The as yet unnamed eatery will open in a downtown restaurant space that was occupied for many years by the now-shuttered Ditcharo's Restaurant. The Devilliers are planning to open in the Fall, after a top-to-bottom renovation of the building, complete with a major kitchen expansion. The fare will be similar to, but not a repeat of, what is offered at La Petite Grocery. La Petite Grocery, 4238 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-891-3377.
 
Brennan's Will Still Be Named Brennan's
Amid the ongoing sage and contentious legal battles surrounding the closing and impending re-opening of Brennan's in the French  Quarter, some good news has emerged. Restaurateur Ralph Brennan, now the co-owner, announced that he has successfully acquired the name "Brennan's" for the new version of the iconic fine dining restaurant. Ralph Brennan reportedly paid $3 million at auction for rights to the name. The restaurant is slated for an early Fall opening. Meanwhile, Ted Brennan, one of the former owners, has unveiled his own plan to open another restaurant similar to the old Brennan's. Ted Brennan's restaurant is tentatively planned for Decatur Street, just blocks away from the venerable Brennan's Restaurant. In a published statement, Brennan said he hopes to bring back many of the original staff members, as well as chef Lazone Randolph, who called the Brennan's kitchen home for more than 40 years. This restaurant is tentatively schedule to open in 2015.
 

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Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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