• Patrick Brown says he expects to open 504 Craft Beer Reserve (3939 Tulane Ave.; www.facebook.com/504CraftBeerReserve), a bottle and growler shop, by Jan. 15.
"It's hard to pinpoint a specific date when permitting is involved," Brown says.
The store's growler filling system is installed, construction is almost complete and a seven-door cooler has been shipped, Brown says.
504 Craft Beer Reserve has five growler taps and a carbon-dioxide line to purge the growler of oxygen, which makes beer turn stale. Brown plans to have plenty of glass and plastic growlers for customers to take beer to go during Mardi Gras parades.
He also is seeking to offer beer samples and hold tasting events. Brown said he will announce the official opening on the store's Facebook page.
• Riverbend bar Cooter Brown's Tavern (509 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com) is under new ownership. David Brown and Jeff O'Brien of Warehouse District bar The Rusty Nail took over the bar in November. O'Brien says they will make some improvements but won't change much.
O'Brien says the beer selec- tion found in the craft beer-focused Snooty Cooter bar in the back of the tavern will be available throughout Cooter Brown's, and patrons won't have to wait until 5 p.m. to drink its higher-end craft beers.
The bar's kitchen reopens this week with a new menu and management by former Foodie Call food truck owners Eric and Paul Theard. Cooter's Facebook page says the menu will combine popular dishes from the old menu and new ones. The oyster bar will remain open.