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August 2015 Archive

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Openings

1868 restaurant has opened at the TABASCO visitor center and factory on Avery Island McIlhenny Company, the producers of TABASCO pepper sauces, have added a restaurant to the visitor center and factory on Avery Island, which is located about 140 miles west of New Orleans. The company traces its roots back to the year 1868, hence the name. 1868, Avery Island Rd., Avery Island, LA 70513, 337-365-8173.
 
If there was one concept missing from the ever-growing John Besh collection of restaurants, it was a bakery. Enter Willa Jean, the brand-new bakery created and helmed by chef Kelly Fields, Besh's corporate pastry chef, along with baker Lisa White. It is located in the emerging South Market area adjacent to the Central Business District. Reportedly, the seeds for the new concept were planted way back in 2003. At that time, Fields was the pastry chef at Besh's flagship, Restaurant August. Surrounded by new and under-construction apartments, Willa Jean promises to be a gathering spot for incoming South Market residents. The bakery also offers sandwiches and hot plates for lunch and dinner. Best of all, Willa Jean is planning a sweets happy hour! Willa Jean, 611 O'Keefe Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-509-7334.
 
The always-busy Nine Roses has expanded its operation to the French Quarter. Nine Roses Cafe opened in the Quarter, after doing business on the Westbank of New Orleans for two decades. Nine Roses has developed a stellar reputation for fine, authentic Vietnamese cuisine. The new location features some of the favorite items from the original menu, but adds some original dishes, as well. Closed Wednesdays, the French Quarter location is open six days a week for lunch and dinner. Lunch & Dinner Thurs.-Tues. Nine Roses Cafe, 620 Conti St., New Orleans, LA 70116, 504-324-9450.
 
One of the most ambitious restaurant projects to be announced in a long time will open in late Fall 2015 in uptown New Orleans. Kenton's will be a bourbon-focused restaurant, featuring what the owner describes as an "encyclopedic collection of American whiskey." The restaurant is the creation of a husband-and-wife team, Mani Dawes and Sean Josephs, who each own restaurants in New York City. The building that will house Kenton's is under construction on Magazine Street at Nashville Street. Kenton's menu will reportedly be designed around the bourbon theme, and will feature a selection of smoked and grilled meats. In a tip of the culinary hat to New Orleans, the restaurant will include an oyster bar. Look for Kenton's to be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kenton's, Magazine St. at Nashville St., New Orleans, LA 70118, no phone.
 

News Bytes

56 Restaurants to Participate in Coolinary New Orleans
Again this year, dozens of local restaurants are offering deep discounts throughout the month of August. It's all part of the 11th annual Coolinary New Orleans promotion. Some of the biggest name restaurants in town are participants, including Commander's Palace, Antoine's Restaurant, Cafe Adelaide, Cafe Degas and more than 50 others. Participating restaurants offer multi-course menus priced at $20 or less for lunch, and $39 or less for dinner. Some of the restaurants will offer discounted cocktails, while others will extend the discounts to weekend brunches. For a full list of restaurants, visit Coolinary New Orleans
 

Chef Shuffle

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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.

One of New Orleans' favorite Creole dining spots, Palace Cafe, is closed until sometime in October, for major renovations. The changes will include a new kitchen, that will now have an entire area dedicated to charcuterie. Chef Rene Bajeux, most recently of the now shuttered Rene Bistrot, will design the new charcuterie menu. Changes most visible to customers will take place on the second floor of the restaurant, where a new bar and lounge will be installed, serving primarily rum drinks. During the extended period of renovations, Palace Cafe's lunch menu will be served at Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, while the weekend brunch will be served at Bourbon House. Palace Cafe, 605 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-523-1661.
 

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