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Maya’s Restaurant and Bar reopens after renovations 

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  Mayas (2027 Magazine St., 504-309-3401; — the Lower Garden District spot for nuevo Latino cuisine — reopened last week for lunch and dinner after remodeling. The new space is painted a sultry red, with bejeweled lamps dripping from the ceiling and a variety of holdover sculptures (lizards, wooden masks) decorating the walls. The space also boasts additional seating options and a greatly expanded bar area.

  The menu still focuses on pan-Latin favorites, including corn crab fingers with red peppers, scallions and a yuca puff, carnitas pibil with thick slivers of queso fresco and sweetened honey plantains flambeed for dramatic flair. The building's exterior (which was repainted in shades of yellow, blue and red for a spell this summer) has returned to its more sophisticated roots with a glossy black paint job.

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