A new restaurant has opened in the French Quarter space long occupied by Tortorici's Italian Restaurant. Royal House (441 Royal St., 528-2601) offers a menu of traditional New Orleans seafood, steaks and po-boys. An oyster bar has been added to the space, and the kitchen prepares a few steamed seafood dishes, including clams and lobster.
Each weekday, approximately 500 housebound New Orleanians get hot meals delivered to their doors courtesy of the New Orleans Council on Aging. The waiting list includes another 400 people in need of assistance. This Sunday, Jan. 11, the Meals on Wheels New Orleans Fund holds a fundraising gala at the W Hotel (333 Poydras St., 525-9444; www.starwoodhotels.com) with food prepared by local chefs, plus auctions and live music. Tickets to the black-tie event start at $100 per person. Call 821-4121 for information.