A developing area of the CBD/Warehouse District has slowly been accumulating restaurant offshoots and second acts for more than a year. The owners of Bywater darling Booty's Street Food will launch Ursa Major as part of The Paramount in 2015, a mixed-use facility at the corner of Lafayette Street and O'Keefe Avenue featuring (among other things) hundreds of apartments and a hotel. The restaurant also will serve as the exclusive poolside dining option for The Paramount and offer a robust theater menu catering to those visiting the nearby Civic Theatre.
The dishes at Ursa Major will maintain the same international feel as Booty's, but from a "stargazer's perspective" with craft cocktails and small plates anchoring the menu.*
The blocks around Poydras and Baronne streets have seen several new additions in the last year. Lucky Rooster closed recently but the space now holds the third Juan's Flying Burrito location. CellarDoor opened on Lafayette Street, and a second Magasin location has been announced.
*No word on whether or not there will be a special menu based on the current month's star sign, but a girl can dream.