A developing area of the CBD/Warehouse District has been accumulating restaurant offshoots and second acts for more than a year. In 2015, The owners of Bywater restaurant Booty's Street Food (800 Louisa St., 504-266-2887; www.bootysnola.com) will launch Ursa Major in The Paramount (www.paramountnola.com), a mixed-use facility at the corner of Lafayette Street and O'Keefe Avenue featuring (among other things) hundreds of apartments, a fitness center, an Internet cafe and more. The restaurant will serve as the exclusive poolside dining option for The Paramount and will offer a full theater menu catering to those visiting the nearby Civic Theatre. (510 O'Keefe Ave., 504-272-0865; www.civicnola.com).
The dishes at Ursa Major will have the same international feel as Booty's, but= the owners says they'll reflect a "stargazer's perspective" with craft cocktails and small plates anchoring the menu.
The blocks around Poydras and Baronne streets have seen several new additions in the last year. The pan-Asian restaurant Lucky Rooster closed recently, and the space now holds a third Juan's Flying Burrito (515 Baronne St., 504-529-5825; www.juansflyingburrito.com) location. CellarDoor (916 Lafayette St., 504-383-5583; www.cellardoornola.com) opened on Lafayette Street, and a second Magasin Cafe (4201 Magazine St., 504-896-7611; www.magasincafe.com) location has been announced.