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R.I.P. New Orleans Restaurants 2012 

click to enlarge Chef Rene Bajeux, who has worked in several restaurants in recent years, operates Rene Bistrot in the Renaissance Arts Hotel, the same location where he helped open La Cote Brasserie in 2003. The transition was made earlier this year. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Chef Rene Bajeux, who has worked in several restaurants in recent years, operates Rene Bistrot in the Renaissance Arts Hotel, the same location where he helped open La Cote Brasserie in 2003. The transition was made earlier this year.

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:

Bywater Bar-B-Q

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.

Deanie's Restaurant

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.

Meson 923

923 S. Peters St., Warehouse District

Gist: Initially promising, the modern, upscale restaurant went through two chefs in fewer years.

Rambla

217 Camp St., CBD

Gist: The tapas restaurant in the International House Hotel opened in 2008.

Sweet Olive

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.

Sid-Mar's

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?

Vizard's

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.

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