Louisiana Seafood Festival lineup announced

Headliners including Village People, Blood, Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice of American Idol fame, The Romantics, Zebra, Bonerama with George Porter Jr. and others perform at the Louisiana Seafood Festival Sept. 2-4 at New Orleans City Park's Festival Grounds.   More than 20 restaurants and food trucks will sell food at the festival, including Acme Oyster House, The Blue Crab Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Cafe Giovanni, Dat Dog, Drago's Seafood Restaurant, Galatoire's Restaurant, Luke, Miss Linda Green the Ya-Ka-Mein Lady, Red Fish Grill, Voleo's Seafood Restaurant, Woody's Fish Tacos and others.

Freund wins national writing award

GAMBIT food writer Helen Freund won honors at the Association of Alternative Newsmedia Awards in Austin, Texas earlier this month.   Freund's stories on blind culinary workers in New Orleans, as well as the restaurant scenes on Tulane Avenue and Kenner's Williams Boulevard, won first place in the category of Food Writing among papers with a circulation of less than 45,000.

Two New Orleans restaurants robbed

Two New Orleans restaurants were robbed at gunpoint last week.   Armed men held up a group of diners at Lakeview Harbor (911 Harrison Ave., 504-486-4887; www.facebook.com/lakeview.harbor) Tuesday, July 12.

Carrollton Market celebrates all things gluten

Carrollton Market (8132 Hampson St., 504-252-9928; www.carrolltonmarket.com) chef-owner Jason Goodenough is making a stand for gluten on July 20. For one night, the Riverbend restaurant is serving an eight-course gluten-centric dinner, whimsically subtitled "(It's) A Celebration of Gluten (Bitches)."

Fried Chicken Festival announces food lineup

Milkfish, Company Burger, McHardy's Fried Chicken and Bayou Hot Wings are among vendors who will sling their version of the iconic Southern staple at the city's inaugural Fried Chicken Festival (www.friedchickenfestival.com) Sept. 25 in Lafayette Square.   "Our vendors are diverse like our city, each providing their own twist to the classic dish," festival organizer Cleveland Spears III said in a prepared statement.

Shogun in Metairie adds robata-style grilling

When Masako "Peggy" Kamata opened her hibachi and sushi restaurant Shogun (2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-833-7477; www.shogunneworleans.com) in 1981, she dreamed of having a section dedicated to robata, a style of Japanese cooking in which skewered snacks are cooked over a charcoal grill. She felt the timing wasn't right, so the Metairie spot — the oldest Japanese restaurant in the area — built a reputation on its griddle-top hibachi and, later sushi.

Chef departs from Josephine Estelle at the Ace Hotel

Chef Phillip Mariano has left Josephine Estelle (600 Carondelet St., 504-930-3070; www.josephineestelle.com), the Southern-leaning Italian restaurant inside the Ace Hotel.   Mariano previously served as chef de cuisine at Domenica, and James Beard award-nominated chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman tapped him to helm Josephine Estelle when the hotel opened earlier this year.

City Greens opens in Metairie

City Greens opened a third location (600 Metairie Road, Suite E, Metairie, 504-323-2900; www.eatcitygreens.com). The local health food chain was founded in 2012 by Ben Kazenmaier and Abhi Bhansali and has locations on Poydras Street and in Elmwood.

Vessel opens in historic Mid-City church

The historic church at 3835 Iberville St. housed the restaurant Christian's and after that Redemption. Now, under a new team, it's home to the more modern restaurant and lounge Vessel NOLA (504-603-2775; www.vesselnola.com).

Anna’s Gastropub closes within a week of its opening

Less than a week after French gastropub Anna's opened in the Marigny, it closed. The restaurant had announced a no-tipping policy and said workers would be paid $15 per hour.

Halal Guys opens New Orleans location on St. Charles Avenue

The Halal Guys (301 St. Charles Ave., 504-302-2918; www.facebook.com/thehalalguysnola) opened its first New Orleans location June 24. The New York City-based chain (www.thehalalguys.com) is known for oversized gyro and chicken platters and sandwiches.

Little Korea BBQ opens on Magazine Street

Little Korea BBQ (2240 Magazine St., 504-821-5006; www.facebook.com/lkbbqnola) opened June 21. The restaurant is run by Joyce Park, the daughter of Miyoung Cho and Han Park, owners of the former South Claiborne Avenue spot Little Korea, which closed last month.

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