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Chef Mason Hereford to open sandwich shop Turkey and the Wolf in the Irish Channel in 2016 

After chef Rob Bechtold closed his Irish Channel barbecue shop NOLA Smokehouse (739 Jackson Ave.) last month, chef Mason Hereford and his partner Lauren Holton claimed the spot for their sandwich shop, Turkey and the Wolf (, which will open in spring 2016.

  Hereford was the longtime chef de cuisine at Coquette. He says the duo took over the lease on the building in early November, but preliminary plans for the eatery are "casual, sandwich-driven; no frills, but still creative."

  Diners can expect a sandwich-heavy menu with a few sides drawing on meats and produce from area farms such as Covey Rise Farms, Chappapeela Farms and Two Run Farm. There might be a chicken-fried steak sandwich and a housemade headcheese sandwich, Hereford says, but the menu likely will change often.

  Hereford left Coquette in February to travel, doing internships at Bar Tartine in San Francisco, Chicago's Publican Quality Meats, Butcher & Bee in Charleston, South Carolina and Portland, Oregon's Lardo, among others.

  "That trip helped me kind of fill in some of the blanks as to what I want to do in the kitchen," Hereford says.

  Holton, who hails from Chattanooga, Tennessee, will oversee front of the house operations.

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