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Treo opens in Mid-City 

  Treo (3835 Tulane Ave.; www.treonola.com), a cocktail bar and small plates restaurant, opens in the redeveloping Tulane Avenue corridor this week. Treo is the brainchild of husband and wife Pauline and Stephen Patterson, owners of Finn McCool's Irish Pub.(3701 Banks St., 504-486-9080; www.finnmccools.com).

  Chef James Cullen, formerly of St. Lawrence, Cafe Reconcile and New York's Pearl Oyster Bar, is developing the menu.

  "We're going to have the same kind of hospitality and service that you'd get at Finn's, but in a nonsmoking and more intimate environment with small plates and tapas-style food," Cullen says. "There's going to be a few items that draw upon the Irish influence — my family is Irish and Sicilian as well — and obviously our southern Louisiana roots."

  Cullen says most plates will cost $8 to $10, and the selection will include charcuterie, pates, sausages and terrines.

  "We're going to phase [the menu] in over a long period of time," Cullen says. "We should have our full kitchen by Feb. 1. We're going to start initially with the bar with some small bites, and hopefully by the beginning of February we'll have the full menu."

  The restaurant seats 45, and Cullen and the Pattersons expect to open an outdoor area in spring. Treo will host art exhibits and cooking classes. "We're all hoping that it becomes not just a bar and restaurant, but also a community center," Cullen says. "I'm going to be giving some of the classes, including things like knife skills and butchering classes."

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