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Scoops Come Full Circle

If the decorous interior of the French bakery Croissant d'Or (617 Ursulines St., 524-4663) brings to mind an old-fashioned ice cream shop, it's no coincidence. The space was the home of Angelo Brocato's Ice Cream and Confectionary (214 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1465; www.angelobrocatoicecream.com) for 60 years. And now ice cream is back. Over the summer, Croissant d'Or installed an ice cream cooler and began serving a half dozen varieties of ice cream, such as vanilla, dolce de leche and coffee flavors, and a few sorbets, including mango and raspberry. Eventually, the shop plans to sell Brocato's brand gelato and sorbets. Brocato's, which first opened in 1905 a block away on Ursulines Street, moved to the spot in 1921. In 1979, it opened its current Mid-City location, and turned the Ursulines spot over to Croissant d'Or in 1981. Brocato's owner Arthur Brocato says the finishing touches are being completed at the rebuilt Mid-City location, which is expected to reopen soon. Croissant d'Or is open Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

'Cued Up Uptown

The aptly named Bywater barbecue spot The Joint (801 Poland Ave., 949-3232) Ñ housed in a cinderblock building by a set of railroad tracks Ñ has expanded with a second location now open Uptown at the former site of Bite Your Tongue Catering (4113 Magazine St., 899-4BBQ). Owners Jenny Tice and Peter Breen provide barbecue catering from the site as well. The take-out only restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., though hours may expand to cover dinner at a future date. Both locations serve the same menu of pulled pork, chicken, ribs and brisket on platters or sandwiches with house-made sauces and sides.

Activities Center Gets Soul

Students with big appetites and small budgets have long valued Dunbar's Creole Cooking, and now the Uptown soul food restaurant is open even closer to home for them. With its home of 21 years on Freret Street still ruined from the flood, Dunbar's worked out a deal with Loyola University and reopened in the school's Broadway Activities Center (501 Pine St., 861-5451). Dunbar's is serving its original menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, though the Saturday hours are only on a trial basis to test demand. Loyola's public affairs office confirms that the activities center is open to the general public. Though the restaurant is take-out only, there is a seating area at the center where customers can dig into Dunbar's specialties like gumbo, red beans and rice, mustard greens, po-boys, fried chicken and bread pudding.

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