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Hyatt Openings 

The Hyatt Regency (601 Loyola Ave., 561-1234; has reopened and along with its 1,193 rooms, it includes a number of new restaurants. The hotel's executive chef is Eric Damidot, a Frenchman who was previously executive chef at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. The flagship restaurant is 8 Block Kitchen & Bar, and its menu mixes regional and French flavors. The Hyatt's new sports bar, Vitascope Hall, serves sandwiches, bar snacks and oysters and sushi from a raw bar. Chef John Besh is opening a new restaurant in the hotel. Borgne, which Besh is developing with former Galatoire's chef Brian Landry, will focus on local seafood and is expected to open this winter.

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