Uptown restaurant Saveur
(4128 Magazine St., 504-304-3667) has closed. Following the departure of chef Dominique Macquet, who left the restaurant last month, the spot near the corner of Milan and Magazine streets has reopened as Tryst,
which owner Kimble Donington-Smith describes as a more casual, international concept.
The previous restaurant's sous chef, Son Tran, is now the executive chef. Tran was a longtime chef at La Crepe Nanou,
and guests can expect a French influence on the menu, which features several crepes, including a duck confit version filled with sauteed mushrooms, carrots and red wine reduction. Bar snacks include Buffalo wings, flatbreads and pork potstickers served with Thai chili-orange sauce, among others.
The turnaround was quick. Saveur’s last day was on July 23 and within the week the restaurant reopened under the new concept. Gone were the white tablecloths and with it, much of Macquet’s refined New American menu, though some dishes remain.
Both Macquet and Donington-Smith have said the split was amicable but that they had “different visions” for the restaurant. While Saveur was an elegant and upscale restaurant, the new spot is focused around small plates and bar food, with lower prices and a new cocktail program.
“I wanted to do something more casual and in line with the neighborhood,” Donington-Smith said.
It’s not the first turnaround for the restaurant. Prior to Saveur, the space was occupied by Baie Rouge, which Donington-Smith shuttered in early 2015 and reopened within three days when Macquet came aboard. Fans who remember the casual, colorful bistro can expect a few popular items to return to the Tryst menu, including bacon beignets and the vegetarian Lundi burger made with red beans, rice, zucchini, squash and Parmesan cheese.
There’s even a chance the spot’s beloved brie fries will return, Donington-Smith says.
No word on what Macquet will do next. He was the longtime chef at the Maison Dupuy hotel before opening his since shuttered namesake Dominique’s on Magazine Street. He said he has “a few different projects in the works.”
Tryst will keep the same opening hours as its predecessor: dinner is served Tuesday through Sunday, and there is a daily happy hour with drink and food specials from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eventually, the restaurant will add lunch and a late-night happy hour on weekends.
For more information, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page here.