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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Restaurant news for Fogo de Chao, Meauxbar and Cafe Freret

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 at 10:14 AM

click to enlarge Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chao opens Jan. 8 in the JW Marriott on Canal Street. - COURTESY FOGO DE CHAO/FACEBOOK
  • Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chao opens Jan. 8 in the JW Marriott on Canal Street.

French Quarter bistro Meauxbar (942 Rampart St., 504-569-9979) launches brunch service Jan. 3, 2016.

Brunch features a three-course menu for $25. The restaurant’s preliminary brunch menu features scrambled egg toast with avocado, oatmeal with fresh fruit, fried oyster and kale Caesar salad with ciabatta croutons, and Johnny cakes with pork sausage crepinette.  Lemon tart and creme brulee is offered for dessert. 

Brunch cocktails include bloody marys, Pimm’s cups and Irish coffees, and the $18 all-you-can-drink mimosa bar allows guests to mix their own drinks from bottomless carafes of sparkling cava and fruit juices, shrubs, tinctures and bitters.

Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit the restaurant’s website here.

Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chao (614 Canal St.; opens Jan. 8, 2016, in the JW Marriott hotel.

The chain has expanded to more than 35 locations worldwide. It is known for churrasco service, in which diners can have their heart’s desire of grilled meats served to them tableside, including the specialty beef cuts picanha, alcatra and fraldinha.

Diners have the choice of several all-you-can-eat menus, which include beef, pork, poultry, seafood, lamb and a salad bar.

Fogo de Chao will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For more information, visit the restaurant’s website.

After 11 years in business, Café Freret (7329 Freret St.) has closed.

The brunch and all-day breakfast spot tucked away in a former gas station on the corner of Freret and Lowerline streets was frequented by locals and students in the area, but owner Carl Guidroz says there were “a couple of problems,” with the property that forced him to close.

No word on what’s next for Guidroz, who says he wasn’t expecting to have to shutter so suddenly.

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