News for Restaurants in New Orleans
The nominees for the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards have been announced. Among the New Orleans representatives are Restaurant August for Outstanding Restaurant. The annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception will take place on May 3 & 6, 2013, at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Find reviews for the restaurants nominated on GAYOT's James Beard Foundation Awards coverage.
The company that brought small plates and live jazz to Frenchmen Street is growing. The owners of Three Muses in the Faubourg Marigny announced they have taken over the former Dunbar's Restaurant space on Freret Street with the plan to open The Muse on Freret. Although music will not be the focus this time, the restaurant will offer some of its most popular tapas and small plate items, as well as full entrée-size portions. No projected opening date has been announced. The big question is whether chef Daniel Esses will carry over his in-demand dishes, such as the butternut squash ravioli and the falafael sliders. Fingers crossed. Dinner nightly. Three Muses, 536 Frenchmen St., New Orleans, LA 70116, 504-252-4801.
The long legal battle that originally threatened to close the fabled Brennan's permanently has reached what owner Ted Brennan calls "an amicable resolution." The case centered around the restaurant's multi-million dollar debt which existed when a new company bought the business's unpaid mortgage last year. Now the two parties have settled in a way that allows the Brennan family to own the restaurant and a company named Leggo/4 to own the building. At the height of the legal crisis, Brennan's was actually scheduled to be auctioned off in December 2012, but a court ruling blocked the auction. Brennan's, 417 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-525-9711.
Cafe Reconcile, known as a teaching restaurant for at-risk young people seeking culinary and restaurant careers, has just reopened after an extreme expansion. What was once a 2400-square-foot bustling daytime eatery has now incorporated an adjacent building and expanded to 17,000 square feet. The owners call the cuisine "soul-filled food," and the new $6 million renovation promises to keep the non-profit training program in place for years to come. The enlarged space will also allow the owners to triple the number of students who will be trained at the restaurant. What has not changed is the popular menu, featuring items such as fried shrimp, andouille pasta, baked chicken, a variety of po-boys and jambalaya. Cafe Reconcile, 1631 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113, 504-568-1157.
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