Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Emeril's new restaurant Meril opens Sept. 24

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click to enlarge Chef Will Avelar helms the kitchen at Emeril Lagasse's Meril when it opens on Sept. 24. - COURTESY EMERIL LAGASSE
  • Chef Will Avelar helms the kitchen at Emeril Lagasse's Meril when it opens on Sept. 24.

Meril, Emeril Lagasse’s fourth New Orleans restaurant, will open Sept. 24.

According to a news release, the new restaurant — which is named after Lagasse’s daughter — will open at 424 Girod St. in the Warehouse District, a few blocks from the celebrity chef’s flagship restaurant Emeril's (800 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-528-9393).

The restaurant is described as a casual “neighborhood eatery” with a horseshoe bar, large dining area and open kitchen. A full menu has yet to be released, but the concept appears to include a number of international dishes inspired by the chef’s travels, including pastas, wood oven-fired pizzas,  pork rib tamales and Japanese robata-style grilled plates. 

“I’ve always had the philosophy that you can never stop learning, especially in the kitchen,” Lagasse said in a statement. “There is always something new to uncover, whether it’s an ingredient, a technique or a way of sharing food. As part of the constant desire to evolve, I wanted to create a space where I could develop my own spin on some of my favorite dishes that have inspired me, whether from traveling or cooking for friends and family at home.”

Chef Will Avelar, who began working at Lagasse’s restaurants in 2005, and was most recently the executive sous chef at Emeril’s Delmonico, will helm the restaurant as executive chef.

Meril will be open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

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