Station 6 (105 Metairie Hammond Highway, Metairie, 504-345-2936; www.station6nola.com) opened
in Bucktown Sept. 9, and it's all about family. Husband-and-wife team Alison Vega-Knoll and Andrew Knoll run the show, and their sons help out in the dining room and the kitchen.
Chef Phillip Lopez, owner of Root and Square Root (1800 Magazine St., 504-309-7800; www.rootnola.com) opened the high-end delicatessen Part & Parcel (611 O'Keefe Ave., 504-827-1090; www.rebelrestaurantgroup.com) in August. He also will run food operations including a restaurant, lounge and rooftop bar at the Central Business District hotel The Troubadour (1111 Gravier St.; www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/louisiana/new-orleans-hotels/the-troubadour), which is slated to open Nov. 4. The 184-room boutique hotel is the first New Orleans property from Joie de Vivre hotel group.
Almost six years after opening on Frenchmen Street, the restaurant and music hub Three Muses (536 Frenchmen St., 504-252-4801; www.3musesnola.com) is expanding to Uptown. Chef Daniel Esses, mixologist Kimberly Patton-Bragg and singer Sophie Lee opened Three Muses Maple (7537 Maple St., 504-510-2749; www.facebook.com/threemusesmaple) last weekend.
Decatur Street newcomer Trinity (1117 Decatur St., 504-325-5789; www.trinityrestaurantneworleans.com) introduced twice-daily happy hours featuring bar snacks and discounted cocktails, beer and wine. Called heures de plaisir (French for "hours of happiness"), the program runs weekdays before dinner service and late-night Thursday through Saturday.
Bird by Bird La Taqueria (www.facebook.com/birdstandoor), a new taco concept from David Robertshaw, is now open at Molly's at the Market (1107 Decatur St., 504-525-5169; www.mollysatthemarket.net). Robertshaw is best known for running the popular Indian pop-up also called Bird by Bird outside Sidney's Saloon (1200 St. Bernard Ave., 504-224-2672; www.sidneyssaloon.com), but when the Molly's spot became available last month, he jumped at the chance to run his own kitchen.
Freret Street has gained a reputation as a restaurant row, but the husband-and-wife owners of the forthcoming Piccola Gelateria (4525 Freret St.; www.facebook.com/piccolagelateria) hope to make it a dessert destination with international appeal as well. A native of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ria Turnbull is a hotel marketing executive, and Canadian transplant Ross Turnbull has been a chef for 35 years, having worked across Europe and Hawaii, specializing in French and Italian cuisine but with additional training under Japanese chefs.
The Caribbean Room (2031 St. Charles Ave., 504-323-1500; www.thepontrchartrainhotel.com/food-drink), chef John Besh's haute revival in the Pontchartrain Hotel, now serves lunch on Fridays and brunch on Sundays. Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and guests will find a spread similar to the dinner menu, including shrimp saki and snapper Pontchartrain.
At the French 75 Bar in French Quarter institution Arnaud's (813 Bienville St., 504-523-5433; www.arnaudsrestaurant.com), bartender Chris Hannah and his team launched a Friday happy hour Sept. 9. The happy hour runs from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and features half-price wines by the glass and $5 cocktails.
After spending more than two decades on the corner of Magazine and Girod streets, the downtown Crescent City Farmers Market (www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org) is moving to a new home in the Central Business District. Starting Oct. 1, the Saturday morning market will be at the parking lot outside the May Gallery (750 Carondelet St.).
Less than two months after Damian Brugger's abrupt departure from Central City's Black Label Icehouse (3000 Dryades St., 504-875-2876; www.blacklabelbbq.com), the pitmaster known for Texas-style brisket and ribs is moving into a new home at St. Roch Market (2381 St. Claude Ave., 504-609-3813; www.strochmarket.com). Bruggers Barbecue (www.facebook.com/bruggersbarbecue) opens Sept. 16 in the spot formerly occupied by Dirty Dishes, which left the market earlier this month.
Local coffee hawkers Mojo Coffee Roasters (www.mojocoffeeroasters.com) expanded to the French Quarter when they opened a coffee bar inside the Saint Hotel (931 Canal St., 504-522-5400; www.thesainthotel.com) Sept. 1. The company opened its first cafe (1500 Magazine St., 504-525-2244) in the Lower Garden District in 2006 and has been growing since owner Demian Estevez jumped into the roasting business last year with barista-turned-roaster Matt Cronin. The new location, called Mojo Coffee Bar, has a short menu featuring the company's single-origin, small-batch coffee and espresso drinks.
Restaurants participating in Dine out for Louisiana (www.bayona.com/dineout4la.html#restaurants) will donate 25 percent of their sales on Sept. 8 to Second Harvest Food Bank to provide relief for victims of flooding in the Baton Rouge area. "Too many of us know firsthand the heartbreak of losing everything, the trauma of being displaced and the overwhelming task of picking up the pieces," wrote organizer Beth Sherwood of Bayona.