As new restaurants keep opening, New Orleans saw its share of closings this year as well. Here's a sampling of those that shuttered in 2012:
3162 Dauphine St., Bywater
Gist: A neighborhood standby since the mid-1990s, the building quickly reopened as Prime Grille.
C'est la Vie Bistro
4206 Magazine St., Uptown
Gist: The small, chef-run French bistro lasted less than a year.
1016 Annunciation St., Warehouse District
Gist: A plate-lunch classic since the 1960s (unrelated to the seafood restaurants of the same name), it soon became the upscale Annunciation.
La Cote Brasserie
700 Tchoupitoulas St., Warehouse District
Gist: After a nine-year run, this large restaurant in the Renaissance Arts Hotel became the new Rene Bistrot.
923 S. Peters St., Warehouse District
Gist: Initially promising, the modern, upscale restaurant went through two chefs in fewer years.
217 Camp St., CBD
Gist: The tapas restaurant in the International House Hotel opened in 2008.
931 Canal St., CBD
Gist: A promising Southern restaurant from chef Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette inside the new Saint Hotel, it closed within three months and later became Tempt.
3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie
Gist: A pre-Katrina destination in Bucktown, it reopened well inland in 2010 but never regained its lakefront luster.
Tamarind by Dominique
936 St. Charles Ave., Warehouse District
Gist: Vietnamese/French fusion inside the Hotel Modern by chef Dominique Macquet, it lasted not quite a year and is now a long-term pop-up called Why Not?
5015 Magazine St., Uptown
Gist: Chef Kevin Vizard didn't exactly close his upscale restaurant but converted it overnight into the sandwich/salad lunch spot Hevin.