Algiers Point residents looking for a new, outside-the-box dining spot may soon have their wish granted as The Appetite Repair Shop makes plans to open in the neighborhood.
Appetite Repair Shop is the brainchild of chef Pete Vazquez, who currently operates the popular weekly pop-up-meets-delivery-service Hush Supper Club outside of Stein's Market & Deli (2207 Magazine St., 504-527-0771; www.steinsdeli.com). Vazquez is familiar to many diners from his fine dining restaurant Marisol on the edge of the Marigny Triangle. After Hurricane Katrina, Vazquez initiated popup dinners in the courtyard at Bacchanal, often dedicating nights to individual cuisines from around the globe. In 2011, Vazquez helmed the kitchen at Mimi's of River Ridge.
At Appetite Repair, Vazquez plans to serve hot and cold prepared foods, daily specials and dinner items prepared to order.
If the menu is similar to the creative dishes currently turned out by Vazquez, diners can expect options ranging from spicy Moroccan goat and couscous soup to green herb polenta with duck liver bolognese. The desserts are imaginative standouts as well, including the best kouign-amann (a buttery, sugary croissant-like pastry) I've eaten outside of France.
An opening timeline is yet to be determined as the shop raises funds to help make repairs to the new space.