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Friday, December 9, 2016

Restaurant Rebirth team opens Galliano on Dec. 13

Posted By on Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 11:28 AM

The team behind Restaurant Rebirth, including Manny Pineda and chef RIcky Cheramie, will open a second, more casual restaurant Galliano on Dec. 13. - COURTESY RESTAURANT REBIRTH/GALLIANO
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  • The team behind Restaurant Rebirth, including Manny Pineda and chef RIcky Cheramie, will open a second, more casual restaurant Galliano on Dec. 13.

Galliano (200 Julia St., 504-522-6863), a casual Cajun eatery from the team behind Restaurant Rebirth, opens Tuesday, Dec. 13 in the Warehouse District.

The restaurant, which the owners are calling Rebirth’s more “rustic, casual cousin,” takes over the spot formerly occupied by chef Phillip Lopez's Root, which moved to the Lower Garden District earlier this year.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Grocery on St. Charles Avenue to close

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 2:39 PM

Uptown sandwich and po-boy shop The Grocery will close Sunday, Dec. 11. - COURTESY THE GROCERY/FACEBOOK
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  • Uptown sandwich and po-boy shop The Grocery will close Sunday, Dec. 11.

St. Charles Avenue po-boy and sandwich shop The Grocery (2854 St. Charles Ave., 504-895-952) is closing. The last day of business for the spot is Sunday, Dec. 11, according to a post on the store's Facebook page.

French Truck Coffee proprietor Geoffrey Meeker took over ownership of the business in February and revamped the menu to include new breakfast items while keeping many of the shop’s signature pressed po-boys. The shop was a popular parade day stop during Carnival and had been in operation for 30 years.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Shovels & Rope, London Souls and Futurebirds headline Hogs for the Cause 2017

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Shovels & Rope will perform at Hogs for the Cause in 2017. - RYAN MCKELLAR
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  • Shovels & Rope will perform at Hogs for the Cause in 2017.

Shovels & Rope, London Souls, Futurebirds and others will perform at Hogs for the Cause, which moves to the grounds of the UNO Lakefront Arena on March 31-April 1, 2017.

The lineup also includes Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Railroad Earth, George Porter Jr. and Runnin' Pardners, Seratones, Colin Lake Band, Motel Radio, Good Enough for Good Times and New Breed Brass Band. There will be three music stages at the festival's new location, says event cofounder Becker Hall. The full lineup is below.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Ruby Slipper Cafe to open Uptown, short-lived Brick and Spoon closes

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 5:03 PM

The Ruby Slipper Cafe will open a fifth New Orleans location at 2802 Magazine St. in January 2017. - COURTESY RUBY SLIPPER CAFE/FACEBOOK
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  • The Ruby Slipper Cafe will open a fifth New Orleans location at 2802 Magazine St. in January 2017.

Regional breakfast franchise Brick and Spoon closed its Magazine Street location last week, but another popular breakfast and brunch spot has quickly jumped on the spot. Ruby Slipper Cafe will open its fifth New Orleans location at 2802 Magazine St. in January, the restaurant’s owners announced Monday, Dec. 5. The company also has two out-of-state locations in Orange Beach and Pensacola, Florida.

“We are excited that our Ruby Slipper family has the opportunity to expand within our home city of New Orleans” owner Jennifer Weishaupt said in a prepared statement. “We’ve had our eye on opening a location Uptown for years and this location off the corner at Washington and Magazine Street seems like the perfect spot. We look forward to sharing our own brand of Southern charm with another New Orleans neighborhood for many years to come."

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Church Alley Coffee Bar to close Central City cafe, move to Mid-City

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 3:45 PM

Church Alley Coffee Bar will close its Central City location on Dec. 30. The local cafe will reopen in Mid-City in late January 2017, along with merchandiser Goods That Matter. - CHURCH ALLEY COFFEE BAR/FACEBOOK
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  • Church Alley Coffee Bar will close its Central City location on Dec. 30. The local cafe will reopen in Mid-City in late January 2017, along with merchandiser Goods That Matter.

Church Alley Coffee Bar (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) is moving from its Central City location to Mid-City, the cafe’s owners announced Monday, Dec. 5.

The community-minded coffee shop and cafe, which shares a space at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, will close Dec. 30. It will open in late January at its new home at 4201 Canal St., along with fellow Central City tenant The Good Shop, from local retailer Goods that Matter.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Restaurant news for Piccola Gelateria, Cafe Anglais and more

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 11:54 AM

Piccola Gelateria, a cafe specializing in Italian coffee drinks and gelato, is now open on Freret Street. - COURTESY PICCOLA GELATERIA
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  • Piccola Gelateria, a cafe specializing in Italian coffee drinks and gelato, is now open on Freret Street.

Piccola Gelateria (4525 Freret St., 954-618-8141), a gelato-focused cafe, is now open. Owners Ria and Ross Turnbull began a soft opening Nov. 17 and host a grand opening celebration from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight (Dec. 2).

The cafe specializes in Italian coffee drinks and gelato, with 18 house-made flavors, many of which will change seasonally. Ross Turnbull makes the small-batch gelato in-house daily. There are traditional flavors such as vanilla, chocolate and Nutella and daily creations from a rotating list, including pomegranate sorbet, pistachio, sea-salted caramel, lemon mint, tiramisu and nougat.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Freret Beer Room opens Uptown

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 2:06 PM

Freret Beer Room is now open at 5018 Freret Street. - HELEN FREUND
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  • Freret Beer Room is now open at 5018 Freret Street.

Freret Beer Room (5018 Freret St., 504-298-7468) is now open. The beer-focused restaurant from owner Eli Gay opened Wednesday, Nov. 30, but there’s no booze for the time being, pending alcohol permits. The casual eatery is built around the concept of beer education and beer pairings.

Chef Charles Vincent formerly worked at Emeril’s Delmonico and La Petite Grocery. The opening menu includes beef carpaccio, a fall vegetable salad with toasted pipits, shaved pecorino and satsuma vinaigrette, and tomato-braised meatballs with polenta and arugula. Prince Edward Island mussels are served with smoked oyster and tomato aioli. The “beer room gumbo” features roasted chicken, okra and andouille served with potato salad. Entrees include pan-roasted Gulf fish, chicken confit served with popcorn rice, a soft-boiled egg, pickles and vegetables, and a grilled Two Run Farms pork chop with lentils, turnips and kale.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hansen’s Sno-Bliz to open December 16-18

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 4:58 PM

Hansen's Sno-Bliz will open for three days this holiday season, from Dec. 16-18. - COURTESY HANSEN'S SNO-BLIZ/FACEBOOK
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  • Hansen's Sno-Bliz will open for three days this holiday season, from Dec. 16-18.

Though the weather might indicate otherwise, it’s about to get a bit chillier when snowball favorite Hansen’s Sno-Bliz ( 4801 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-891-9788) opens for a surprise three-day holiday special next month.

The popular snowball shop made the announcement Tuesday, Nov. 29, on social media. The shop will sell specialty snowballs Dec. 16 to Dec. 18. The Uptown mainstay, which typically adherers to time-honored seasonal openings from spring to late summer, closed its doors at the end of its 77th season on Oct. 1 after serving lines that wrapped around the block.

No word yet on what holiday snowball flavors might be in store, or whether the shop will adhere to their regular store hours during the special opening.

For more information, visit the shop’s Facebook page here.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dining events: Sqirl at Shaya, Josephine Estelle’s Feast of the Seven Fishes

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 3:34 PM

Chefs Kevin Nashan (top left), Ryan Pruitt (center left), Mike Lata (bottom left), Stephen Stryjewski (top right), and Chris Hastings (center right) will join Josephine Estelle chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman (bottom right) for a Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner on Dec. 6. - COURTESY ACE HOTEL
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  • Chefs Kevin Nashan (top left), Ryan Pruitt (center left), Mike Lata (bottom left), Stephen Stryjewski (top right), and Chris Hastings (center right) will join Josephine Estelle chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman (bottom right) for a Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner on Dec. 6.

Jessica Koslow, owner and chef of the buzzy Los Angeles restaurant Sqirl, is teaming up with New Orleans’ Alon Shaya for a one-night cocktail and book release party on Dec. 2.

Koslow began selling her sought-after jams and preserves at a tiny 800-square-foot space, which soon blossomed into one of the city’s most popular eateries, featuring a very L.A.-driven menu (think jam-draped toasts, brown rice bowls steeped in almond milk, and buckwheat pancakes with cacao nib and coconut).

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Shots 4 Shots free flu shot clinic returns to Frenchmen Street Nov. 29

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 10:40 AM

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Musicians, bartenders and other hospitality workers can receive free flu shots at the second annual Shots 4 Shots clinic, presented by Tales of the Cocktail and the New Orleans Musician's Clinic & Assistance Foundation (NOMAF). The shots are available at d.b.a. and Snug Harbor from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The event aims to crack down on the spread of flu via hospitality and entertainment workers, who are often uninsured or underinsured and frequently have to work when they're sick.

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