The team behind craft cocktail lounges Cure and Bellocq open its latest venture this week. Cane & Table (1113 Decatur St., 504-581-1112) is a rum bar and island-themed restaurant with a tropical concept running through the bar, menu, decor and the large courtyard.
"We took the umbrella of tropical drinks and worked under that," says managing partner Nick Detrich. "The drinks are all tropically inspired but classically minded."
A drink called the Last Stand is based on the classic Last Word, here done with yellow Chartreuse, lime, gin and house-made pineapple syrup. Another cocktail involves aquavit and French banana liqueur.
The space previously was occupied by the bar Pravda, which the partners in Cure Co. bought late last year and ran for a time as a Russian-themed cocktail lounge while they developed the Cane & Table idea. The new design is meant to evoke a bar in Havana, and the concept was in part inspired by the history of this stretch of Decatur Street, which was once an integral part of the rough-and-tumble riverfront shipping industry.
The kitchen continues the tropical theme with a menu developed by chef Adam Biderman, founder of The Company Burger (4600 Freret St., 504-267-0320; www.thecompanyburger.com). The kitchen is overseen by Ian Bancroft, a chef Biderman worked with during his years at the James Beard Award-winning Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta.
"This is more of a restaurant than any other Cure & Co. has taken on before," Detrich says.
The menu is island-style, with dishes like deep-fried ribs, ropa vieja, plantain dumplings, skillet greens, skirt steak and whole grilled fish.
"Some dishes are communal-style," Detrich says. "The idea is an island feast that you wash down with great drinks."
Cane & Table is open daily from 5:30 p.m. to midnight, with later hours on Fridays and Saturdays.