What could be sweeter than staging a festival to raise funds for children with autism? Make the featured food item a beignet, add live music and let visitors vote on their favorite version of the doughnut.
Emeril Lagasse opens his fourth restaurant in New
Orleans, Meril, on Sept. 24.
The restaurant at 424 Girod St.
in the Warehouse District is a
few blocks from the celebrity
chef's flagship restaurant Emeril's (800 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-528-9393; www.emerilsrestaurants.com/emerils-new-orleans).
Fat Boy Pantry (1302 Magazine St., 504-239-9514), a new ice cream and sandwich shop from Barq's Root Beer heiress Hillary Barq, opened Aug. 4 in the Lower Garden District. Barq says the shop will function as a "gourmet market" serving coffee, juice, sandwiches and ice cream.
Uptown restaurant Saveur (4128 Magazine St., 504-304-3667) is now Tryst (www.facebook.com/trystnola). Following the departure last month of chef Dominique Macquet, owner Kimble Donington-Smith changed the restaurant's concept to a more casual and international menu, though some of Macquet's dishes remain.
Longtime Brennan's proprietor Theodore "Ted" Brennan died Aug. 3. He was 68.
Chefs Michael Stoltzfus and Kristen Essig's Southern-style chicken pop-up Little Bird is moving to the bar at their restaurant Coquette (2800 Magazine St., 504-265-0421; www.coquettenola.com). The restaurant offers an abbreviated Little Bird menu at the bar, as well as wine, Champagne and cider pairings Sunday through Thursday.
Spirit Wine (3500 Magazine St., 504-304-8977; www.spirit-wine.com) replaced Philippe's Wine Cellar after the shop's former manager Darrell Greiwe and his wife Emily bought the business. Spirit sells wine, spirits, beer and plans to hold weekly tastings, classes, wine dinners and special events.
Bon Appetit announced its 50 best new restaurants in America, and three New Orleans eateries made the cut. Besh Restaurant Group's bakery and cafe Willa Jean (611 O'Keefe Ave., 504-509-7334; www.willajean.com) the Ace Hotel's new Italian stunner Josephine Estelle (600 Carondelet St., 504-930-3070; www.josephineestelle.com) and 9th Ward French bar and bistro N7 (1117 Montegut St.) are on the 2016 list, a collection of the country's most buzzed about restaurants compiled by magazine staffers Andrew Knowlton and Julia Kramer.
Founded in 1829, D.G. Yuengling & Son (www.yuengling.com) is the oldest continually operating brewery in the country, but its beer arrived in Louisiana just last week. Fans can find its Black & Tan, lager and light beer at area locations including The Bulldog in Uptown and Mid-City, Sovereign Pub, Finn McCool's Irish Pub, The Avenue Pub, Pearl Wine Co. and World of Beer.
Hogs for the Cause (www.hogsforthecause.org) will leave its longstanding home at New Orleans City Park and move to the University of New Orleans Lakefront in 2017, festival organizers announced July 26. The annual barbecue cook-off is a fundraiser for families of children battling pediatric brain cancer.
Uptown's newest Latin restaurant, Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine (4714 Freret St., 504-345-2884; www.facebook.com/grupo5rest), is now open. The Freret Street spot opened July 23 for a brief soft-opening period while the owners rolled out the full lunch and dinner menus.
Years after launching the small-batch Coffee roasting company French Truck Coffee (1200 Magazine St., 504-298-1115; www.frenchtruckcoffee.com), Geoffrey Meeker is expanding his business to Memphis. Meeker has partnered with Tennessee-based micro-roasting company Relevant Roasters (www.whatisrelevant.com), which will rebrand as French Truck Coffee as part of the deal this September.