Chris DeBarr’s Italian food and wine salute is Oct. 25

Rebellion Urban Kitchen & Bar's chef Chris DeBarr and author Suzanne Hoffman are teaming up Oct. 25 for an evening of wine and food from Italy's Piedmont region.   Hoffman is a New Orleans native who attended Tulane University and fell in love with the wines of Piedmont while living in Zurich, Switzerland.

Royal Sushi & Bar opens in Marigny

Royal Sushi & Bar (1913 Royal St., 504-827-1900; www.), a sushi and ramen spot, opened Oct. 15 in Faubourg Marigny.   The menu includes a selection of specialty rolls, appetizers such as salmon poke, gyoza and tuna tataki, and various Japanese-style salads.

Breakfast and brunch spot Toast opens near the Fairgrounds

Uptown breakfast spot Toast opened a second location (1845 Gentilly Blvd., 504-351-3664; Oct. 21 near the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.   The original Laurel Street location (5433 Laurel St., 504-267-3260), which is operated by the same folks who run Tartine (7217 Perrier St., 504-866-4860;, opened in 2014.

Jagerhaus is closing, moving to Rampart in 2017

After more than eight years of slinging schnitzel, sausage plates and beer in the French Quarter, German restaurant Jagerhaus will close its doors on Oct. 30 and reopen at a larger location on North Rampart Street in late 2017, according to a statement from the restaurant's owners.   The restaurant is one of the few local spots to specialize in tradi- tional German and Central European fare.

Michael Gulotta to open Maypop in the South Market District

Maypop (611 O'Keefe Ave.), a spinoff of chef Michael Gulotta's (pictured) popular Mid-City restaurant MoPho (514 City Park Ave., 504-482-6845;, will open later this year in the Warehouse District. The new spot is named for a passionflower native to southeast Louisiana and will focus on a marriage of Southeast Asian and Southern flavors.

Southeast Asian barbecue restaurant Marjie’s Grill to open in Mid-City

  The couple runs the pop-up restaurant Sparklehorse ( They describe Marjie's as a casual spot that will serve dishes inspired by the roadside barbecue they discovered while traveling in Thailand, Vietnam and Laos last year.

Closing time: Kyoto and Tryst restaurants

  Tryst (4128 Magazine St.), which changed its name from Saveur in August, closed Oct. 13. Owner Kimble Donington-Smith ran several restaurant concepts at the space, including the casual Baie Rouge, which opened in 2013, and later Saveur, a fine dining affair with chef Dominique Macquet running the kitchen.

Hogs for the Cause accepting team registrations

Hogs for the Cause ( opened registration for teams interested in participating in its March 31-April 1, 2017 event at the UNO Lakefront Arena Grounds.   The annual barbecue festival raises funds to support families with children battling pediatric brain cancer.

Cafe Sbisa reopens on Decatur Street

Cafe Sbisa (1011 Decatur St., 504-522-5565; has re-opened. The Creole restaurant near the French Market was shuttered following Hurricane Katrina.

Fried Chicken Fest to move, expand in 2017

Following an enormous turnout, organizers of the Fried Chicken Festival ( announced the event would expand to two days and move to a bigger location next year.   More than 40,000 people packed Lafayette Square on Sept. 25 for the inaugural festival, organizers said.

Oyster bar from Mr. Ed’s empire opens in Mid-City

It's been a busy year for Ed McIntyre. In April, the local restaurateur opened the third location of his oyster bar and seafood restaurant in Uptown (1327 St. Charles Ave., 504-267-0169;

Meril opens in the Warehouse District

Chef/restaurateur Emeril Lagasse opened Meril (424 Girod St., 504-526-3745;, named after his daughter, in the Warehouse District on Sept. 24. It's his first new restaurant in New Orleans since Emeril's Delmonico (1300 St. Charles Ave., 504-525-4937; opened in 1998, joining his flagship Emeril's New Orleans (800 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-528-9393; and NOLA (534 St. Louis St., 504-522-6652;


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