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Rene Bistrot returns 

  The second rendition of Rene Bistrot (700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2350) is set to open Tuesday, May 15. It's the return of a restaurant that had a loyal following prior to Hurricane Katrina and the latest move from a chef, Rene Bajeux, who has made a lot of them lately.

  This new Rene Bistrot will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, with a French bistro cuisine menu with contemporary updates and Louisiana influences.

  In March, the chef announced Rene Bistrot would open inside the Renaissance Arts Hotel, taking over the hotel's LaCote Brasserie space and spelling the end of that restaurant after nine years. The Renaissance Arts Hotel is related to the Pere Marquette Hotel in the CBD where the original Rene Bistrot had been located from 2001 until it was shuttered after Katrina.

  A native of Alsace, Bajeux has earned many culinary plaudits during his career, and is recognized as one of just 55 French Master Chefs in America. He built his local reputation as chef at Windsor Court's Grill Room. After Katrina, he had a brief stint as chef at John Besh's La Provence restaurant in Lacombe and later worked at restaurants in the Caribbean and in San Antonio, Texas. He surfaced again in New Orleans last spring to lead the kitchen of the Rib Room, but left there earlier this year.

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