Wednesday, July 1, 2009

HipStix Closes; Rock-N-Sake Expanding, But Not in NYC

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The pan-Asian restaurant HipStix has closed after about two years in business. The Warehouse District restaurant served an eclectic sampling of dishes from Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese traditions, and was a rare downtown outlet for banh mi, the Vietnamese po-boy.

HipStix was run by the same restaurateurs who operate the nearby sushi bar Rock-N-Sake. Managing partner Tisbee Dantin says other partners eventually pulled out of HipStix, prompting its closure. She says a new restaurant for HipStix's former spot at the corner of Tchoupitoulas and St. Joseph streets will be announced soon.

Meanwhile, a second Rock-N-Sake is in the works for Baton Rouge. The company signed a lease in June for a new restaurant at 3043 Perkins Rd., not far from such other New Orleans expansions in the Capital City as Acme Oyster House and the Bulldog.

And on another front, a restaurant bearing the Rock-N-Sake name has emerged in New York with locations in Chelsea and in Port Washington on Long Island, though Dantin says they are not affiliated with the New Orleans original. The menus at these northern Rock-N-Sakes even list such standards of the New Orleans restaurant's sushi bar as the LSU roll, the Warehouse roll and the Fulton Street roll. Dantin says her company is looking into legal responses to the issue.

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