Hansen’s to open Dec. 16-18

It's going to get a bit chillier when snowball favorite Hansen's Sno-Bliz (4801 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-891-9788; www.snobliz.com) opens for a three-day run.   The popular snowball shop announced it will sell specialty snowballs Dec. 16-18.

Freret Beer Room is now open

Freret Beer Room (5018 Freret St., 504-298-7468; www.freretbeerroom.com), the beer-focused restaurant from owner Eli Gay, opened Nov. 30, but there was no booze as of press time because it hasn't obtained alcohol permits. The casual eatery's concept is built around beer education and beer pairings.

Josephine Estelle and Avo celebrate with Italian holiday menus

Josephine Estelle (600 Carondelet St., 504-930-3070; www.josephineestelle.com) hosts a five-course dinner Tuesday, Dec. 6, to celebrate the Italian-American Feast of the Seven Fishes tradition.   Chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman will be joined by five guest chefs at the event, including Kevin Nashan of Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. in St. Louis, Ryan Pruitt and Stephen Stryjewski of Peche, Mike Lata of The Ordinary in Charleston, South Carolina and Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Alabama.

Piccola Gelateria now open on Freret Street

Owners Ria and Ross Turnbull held a grand opening of Piccola Gelateria (4525 Freret St., 954-618-8141; www.facebook.com/piccolagelateria) Dec. 2.  The cafe specializes in Italian coffee drinks and gelato, with 18 house-made flavors, many of which will change seasonally. Ross makes the small-batch gelato in-house daily.

Neyow’s Creole Cafe moves to new Mid-City location

Neyow's Creole Cafe (3332 Bienville St., 504-827-5474) moved to a new building around  the corner from its former location. The much larger spot features a long bar, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Bienville Street and a patio.

Cafe Anglais open inside Windsor Court Hotel

Cafe Anglais is now open inside the Windsor Court Hotel (300 Gravier St., 504-523-6000; www.windsorcourthotel.com). The cafe is part of a recent $22 million renovation at the luxury hotel that also included a new lobby cocktail bar and a spa.

The Crepe Place now open in Bywater

Tracy Kish and Samantha Soliter opened The Crepe Place (941 Poland Ave., 734-985-1488; www.facebook.com/thecrepepalcenola) in Bywater Nov. 14. The casual cafe serves French street food-style crepes with sweet and savory fillings, and a vegan, gluten-free batter is available.

The Daily Beet to open in 2017 in CBD

The Daily Beet (1000 Girod St.), a cafe and juice bar, will open early next year in the Beacon building in the Central Business District. The cafe, from JuiceNOLA's (www.juicenola.com) Dylan Maisel, will serve a menu similar to the vegetable-driven menu at his stand inside St. Roch Market (2381 St. Claude Ave., 504-609-3813; www.strochmarket.com), including quinoa bowls, avocado toasts, salads, cold-pressed juices, smoothies and more.

Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 serves holiday tiki drinks

Beechbum Berry's Latitude 29 (321 N. Peters St., 504-609-3811; www.latitude29nola.com) raises holiday spirits with a special menu of Christmas-themed tiki drinks available Dec. 1-24. Tiki authority Jeff "Beachbum" Berry and Latitude 29 bartender Brad Smith created drinks for a special holiday menu shared by bars in New  Orleans, Chicago and New York.

Frey Smoked Meat Co. opens in Mid-City

Frey Smoked Meat Co. (4141 Bienville St., 504-488-7427), a new barbecue restaurant from Rue 127 chef Ray Gruezke, is open in Mid-City.

Grilled cheese restaurant Melt opens on Banks Street

Melt (2549 Banks St., 504-821-0102; www.melt-nola.com), a Mid-City restaurant specializing in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, began a soft opening Nov. 7 that continues through the Thanksgiving holiday. Melt is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dat Dog hosts election night party

Hot dog hotspot Dat Dog (5030 Freret St., 504-899-6883; www.datdog.com) hosts an election night party at the Freret Street location with food specials, trivia and prizes beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8.


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