Louisiana gets two more breweries

Parleaux Beer Lab begins brewing beer
Louisiana now has 31 breweries. Parleaux Beer Lab (634 Lesseps St.; www.parleauxbeerlab.com) received necessary permits and began brewing beer March 16 in anticipation of a soft opening by May 1.

James Beard Award finalists announced

Nominees include local chefs, restaurants, bars and restaurateurs
The James Beard Foundation (www.jamesbeard.org) announced finalists for its prestigious annual culinary awards. There are many local nominees for national awards.

Gogi Korean Restaurant now open

A new Korean restaurant in Metairie
Gogi Korean Restaurant (4620 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-872-9992; www.gogirestaurantnola.com) opened earlier this month. It serves a short menu of Korean dishes.

Nick Detrich finishes last bartending shift at Cane & Table

Proto tiki bar founder remains as partner
Nick Detrich is leaving his spot behind the bar at Cane & Table (1113 Decatur St., 504-581-1112; www.caneandtablenola.com), his proto-tiki brainchild. He remains a managing partner, and Matt Ray will step in as general manager.

Little Korea BBQ revamps menu

Korean barbecue lowers prices, adds appetizers
Little Korea BBQ (2240 Magazine St., 504-821-5006), which opened last year in the Garden District, has changed its menu and lowered prices. Owner Joyce Park said the changes are in response to comments on websites such as Yelp that complained prices were too steep.

St. James Cheese Co. in Warehouse District adds breakfast

Saturday-only menu includes "croque monster"
The Warehouse District location of cheese shop St. James Cheese Company (641 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-304-1485; www.stjamescheese.com) now serves breakfast on Saturdays beginning at 9 a.m.   The Saturday-only menu features a breakfast raclette topped with eggs and bacon, a croque madame and "croque monster," topped with an egg.

Uptown butcher shop Cleaver & Co. closes

The shop opened in 2012
Uptown butcher shop Cleaver & Co. (3917 Baronne St.) has closed.

Nathan Richard named chef at Cavan

Richard previously was chef at The Bombay Club and Kingfish
Chef Nathan Richard, who previously Headed the kitchen at French Quarter bistro Kingfish, will take over as executive chef at Cavan (3607 Magazine St., 504-509-7655; www.cavannola.com).   The announcement was made March 7 in a statement from restaurant group LeBlanc + Smith (www.leblancsmith.com), which also owns French Quarter restaurants Sylvain and Meauxbar, and the Lower Garden District whiskey haunt Barrel Proof.

Effervescence celebrates opening March 17-19

Champagne bar serves small plates
The new Champagne bar Effervescence (1036 N. Rampart St., 504-509-7644; www.nolabubbles.com) had a soft opening during Carnival. It celebrates its grand opening weekend March 17-19.

Brieux Carre to open April 1

Marigny brewery is Louisiana's 30th
Just steps off Frenchmen Street, Brieux Carre (2115 Decatur St., 504-304-4242; www.brieuxcarre.com) received its Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) permit to brew and serve beer, making it the city's eighth brewery and the state's 30th. The brewery plans to celebrate its grand opening April 1.

District Donuts opens location in Elmwood

Doughnut chain adds a fourth location
District Donuts.Sliders.Brew (www.donutsandsliders.com) opened a location in Jefferson Parish in late February. The Elmwood location (1126 S. Clearview Parkway) celebrated its official opening March 9.

Savor dinner series starts March 25

Fine dining and entertainment at secret locations
The Spears Group, the local marketing group known for putting on the annual pack-your-own-picnic Diner en Blanc and last summer's inaugural Fried Chicken Festival, is launching a series of fine-dining events held at undisclosed locations. The first Savor (www.savornola.com) event is March 25 and features chefs Phillip Lopez and Tariq Hanna.


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