Char-broiling by the Riverside
DragoÕs Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar (3232 N. Arnoult St., Metairie, 888-9524; www.dragosrestaurant.com) announced plans to open a second restaurant on the ground floor of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside (2 Poydras St., 561-0500; www.hilton.com) early in 2007. The plans call for a very large restaurant with 382 seats that features the same menu of charbroiled oysters, lobster and other seafood dishes as the original in Fat City. DragoÕs owner Tommy Cvitanovich, whose parents Drago and Klara formed the restaurant in 1970, recently won the 2006 Restaurant Neighbor Award from the National Restaurant Association for his service to the community after Hurricane Katrina.
Down the Hatch Ê
The third Thursday of November each year marks the official release of FranceÕs Beaujolais Nouveau, the red wine famous for its short shelf life and fruity flavor. The local chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (www.faccla.com) continues a tradition of celebrating the wine with its 10th annual Beaujolais Nouveau Festival to be held Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel (300 Bourbon St., 586-0300; www.sonesta.com) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The party will feature Beaujolais Nouveau, of course, along with other wines and food from many of the areaÕs French bistros and other restaurants. The band VaVaVoom will perform and there will be auctions throughout the night. Tickets are $75 and are available through the French chamber. Call 561-0070 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org