Jackie Chan, the owner of Gert TownÕs Mikimoto Japanese Restaurant (3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881; www.mikimotosushi.com) is planning to open a new Korean restaurant in Metairie. Work is nearing completion to convert the former India Palace restaurant space into a new venture called Gimchi (3322 N. Turnbull Drive, phone n.a.). The name is an alternate spelling of the Korean national dish more commonly translated as kimchee. Gimchi will serve plenty of that fermented cabbage dish, plus Korean-style barbecue cooked on individual table-mounted grills. The restaurant will also have a sushi bar. Chan expects to open the restaurant by the end of the month.
Another transformation is in the works for the Uptown building at the corner of Washington and Magazine streets, which until Labor Day weekend had been home to Table One Brasserie (2800 Magazine St., phone n.a.). The owners closed the upscale contemporary Creole restaurant a few weeks shy of its second anniversary and announced plans to remodel it as a yet-to-be named casual restaurant offering what they describe as Òeveryday affordable and take-out friendly dining.Ó The 19th century townhouse had been home to an auto parts store for years until a new owner completed a dramatic renovation in 2004 to open the short-lived Living Room Steak and Lobster House. Scarcely a month after Katrina, new owners Tarek Tay, Gaby Saliba and Hicham Khodr of the local Byblos Middle Eastern restaurant chain reopened the space as Table One and soon chef Gerard Maras introduced a bistro menu. The owners, who also bought and reopened the landmark Camellia Grill (626 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9573) last spring, have reorganized themselves in a partnership called 3-of-a-Kind Restaurant Group and say they intend to open new restaurant concepts around the area. Details of their plans for the former Table One property were scant at press time, but they say a new restaurant should open there before the end of the year.
Two upscale French Quarter restaurants continue very different versions of crab-themed dinners this month. Mr. BÕs Bistro (201 Royal St., 523-6727; www.mrbsbistro.com) hosts its Louisiana Blue Crab Feast through Sept. 17, which features an la carte menu of five appetizers and five entres at dinner. Starters include crabmeat fondue for two or a smoked buster crab with meuniere sauce, and entrees include crabmeat au gratin garnished with crab claws. A few blocks away, GW Fins (808 Bienville St., 581-3467; www.gwfins.com) is serving a three-course crab dinner for $46.50 from Sunday through Thursday until the end of September. The meal includes a fried soft-shell crab stuffed with deviled blue crab, a crab cake served with lemongrass beurre blanc and Alaskan golden king crabs served chilled with a Creole mustard cream sauce. Ñ McNulty