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Liuzza's Reopens
B.Y.O.B. means "bring your own brownbag" for the time being at Liuzza's Restaurant (3636 Bienville St., 482-9120; www.liuzzas.com) — the one by Lindy Boggs Medical Center, not by the Fair Grounds. The 59-year-old neighborhood favorite reopened May 6 after the owners rebuilt its severely flooded ground floor. The kitchen isn't finished yet, however, so Liuzza's is serving drinks only, including beers from a new set of its famously frosty globe-shaped glasses. "But right now, you can brownbag it," says Shanette Edder, one of the owners. "As long as we're not serving food, you can bring your own." Liuzza's is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. 'til and accepts cash only, due to a lack of phone service in the area. The other, unrelated Liuzza's By The Track reopened in December and serves food.


Spectator Moratorium
In light of the damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina, Wine Spectator magazine (www.winespectator.com) is granting a moratorium on wine ratings for the two New Orleans restaurants that hold its top wine honor. "We have decided to allow our two Grand Award winners in New Orleans, Emeril's and Brennan's, to retain their awards, with an asterisk, for two years, at which point we will re-inspect their cellars to ensure they continue to meet the standards applicable to our highest award for wine lists," Wine Spectator Executive Editor Thomas Matthews wrote in an email. Those asterisks will explain to readers that the restaurants' wine service was not inspected this year. Other local restaurants hold lower awards from the magazine and these will be judged as normal this year if they submitted their lists for consideration. The magazine's August issue, which includes its wine-list award winners and dining guide, will include an article about the status of New Orleans restaurants. Emeril's (800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393; www.emerils.com) reopened in December and Brennan's (417 Royal St., 525-9711; www.brennansrestaurant.com) expects to reopen in late May.


Smoking in Memphis,

Then Uptown The Joint (801 Poland Ave., 949-3232) will be closed through the end of May as its owners participate in a barbecue competition. But they will be back in June at their Bywater location and will soon be expanding Uptown as well. Joint owners Jenny Tice and Pete Breen were invited to join this year's World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in Memphis, Tenn., where they will compete under the team name "Magically Pig-licious" in an event promoters call the "Super Bowl of Swine." When they return, they plan to open an expansion site Uptown Ñ a take-out-only version of the Joint at 4113 Magazine St., the former site of Bite Your Tongue Catering. They'll offer the same menu of pulled pork, chicken, ribs and brisket. Ñ McNulty Send any "Food News" items to imcnulty@cox.net.

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