LakeviewÕs main shopping corridor along Harrison Avenue is turning into a recovery row these days as local businesses rebuild and reopen. The latest restaurant to make a comeback is ReginelliÕs Pizzeria (874 Harrison Ave., 488-0133; www.reginellis.com), which began serving pizza, pasta, salads and sandwiches on July 19 even as workers finished installing new signs over the heads of the first customers. The company reopened in the same location it occupied on Harrison since 1999, but also expanded by taking over the adjacent address and remodeling the whole place with a stylish new design. The ReginelliÕs chain was formed in New Orleans in 1996 and now has five local shops, plus a Baton Rouge store coming later this summer.
Tipple for a Trifle
Lunchtime cocktail specials that amount to martinis for pocket change have been threatening afternoon productivity for years in some New Orleans dining circles, particularly the 25-cent martinis offered at CommanderÕs Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com) and the 10-cent version at Bacco (310 Chartres St., 522-2426; www.bacco.com). The latest New Orleans restaurant to join the trend is the oldest. AntoineÕs Restaurant (713 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www.antoines.com) is now serving the French 75 champagne cocktail for 75 cents a glass as part of a Friday summer lunchtime special. The restaurant also is serving a pair of three-course, prix fixe lunch specials to go along with the bubbly, like a house salad, shrimp Creole and chocolate mousse for $32.75 or oysters Foch, tomato stuffed with shrimp ravigote and meringue glace for $37.25. The specials are available Fridays only from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sovereign of Seafood
Each summer for the past few years, the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board has crowned one chef its ÒKing or Queen of American SeafoodÓ as part of its annual industry convention, the Foodservice Expo and Gulf Coast Seafood Pavilion. In the past, only people in the industry were invited to attend, but this year the group is opening part of the event to the general public, specifically the part that includes the cook-off to name this yearÕs seafood sovereign. Tenney Flynn, chef and co-owner of GW Fins (808 Bienville St., 581-3467; www.gwfins.com), will represent Louisiana and compete against 19 chefs representing states around the country preparing seafood from their home regions. The event takes place on Aug. 5 at the Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets for the cook-off will be sold at the door with proceeds to be shared by the Back to the Dock program, which aids fishermen rebuilding from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the Louisiana Restaurant AssociationÕs Education Foundation, which provides scholarships to culinary students. For more information, go to www.GreatAmericanSeafoodCookoff.com. Ñ McNulty