Cafe Henri (800 Louisa St.), a new restaurant from the team behind the Uptown cocktail lounge Cure (4905 Freret St., 504-302-2s57; www.curenola.com), is open in Bywater. The restaurant takes over the blue corner building formally home to Booty's Street Food, which closed in January. The casual space is outfitted with white tile and blonde wood. There is bar seating and a handful of tables, and the small space can fill up fast.
The restaurant, from Cure's Neal Bodenheimer, Kirk Estopinal and Nick Detrich, was inspired by their fathers and envisioned as a casual, family-friendly spot.
Chef Jason Klutts (also from Cane & Table and Cure) offers a short, streamlined menu of bistro-style fare, including a burger topped with Russian dressing and pickles, steak frites with chimichurri and pan-seared salmon served with snow peas and cherry tomatoes. Starters include fried oysters atop thick slices of beef carpaccio with Parmesan and arugula. The simple dessert list includes a cookie plate and a pie of the day. The bar offers a frozen version of a Negroni and full coffee and espresso service from Counter Culture Coffee. Cafe Henri is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.