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Monday, August 7, 2017

Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco opens Aug. 14

Posted By on Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 6:17 PM

Tito's Cevice & Pisco, a new Peruvian restaurant and pisco bar, will open on August 14. - COURTESY TITO'S CEVICHE AND PISCO
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  • Tito's Cevice & Pisco, a new Peruvian restaurant and pisco bar, will open on August 14.

A new Peruvian restaurant and pisco bar is opening in Uptown. Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco will open Aug. 14, at 5015 Magazine St.

The restaurant takes over the empty space formerly occupied by chef Sue Zemanick’s short-lived small plates concept, Ivy, which closed in 2015. Owners Juan Lock and his wife, Tatiana, are behind the new operation, with Lock and his sous chef (and Johnny Sanchez alum) Nanyo Dominguez Cervantes running the kitchen.


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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dominican restaurant Mangu opens in Gretna

Posted By on Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 6:25 PM

Mangu, a new Dominican restaurant on the West Bank, opened this week. - COURTESY MANGU/FACEBOOK
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  • Mangu, a new Dominican restaurant on the West Bank, opened this week.

It’s a family affair at Mangu (2112 Belle Chasse Hwy. Ste. 7, Gretna; (504) 324-9870), a new Dominican restaurant now open on the West Bank.

Leading the charge is owner Dariana Marte, who runs the back of the house with her mother and father, Jhovanny Marte and Jose Dario, in the kitchen, while her fiancé, Jovany Barreto, and her brother handle the restaurant’s  front of the house and marketing.

“Even the bussers and hostesses are cousins,” Barreto said. “It’s an all around family business.”

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Beth Biundo Sweets opens in Uptown

Posted By on Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 5:02 PM

Beth Biundo Sweets, from longtime Lilette pastry chef Beth Biundo, is now open. - COURTESY BETH BIUNDO/PHOTO BY CHRIS GRANGER
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  • Beth Biundo Sweets, from longtime Lilette pastry chef Beth Biundo, is now open.


Beth Biundo Sweets (3917 Baronne St., 504-899-0859), a new cafe and bakery from longtime Lilette pastry chef Beth Biundo, is now open.

The bakery, which opened Wednesday in the former Cleaver & Co. location on Baronne St., sells a variety of Biundo’s sweets and baked goods, including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, tarts, and ice cream sandwiches, among other items.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Turkey & the Wolf, Marjie’s Grill among Bon Appetit's 50 Best New Restaurants

Posted By on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 3:47 PM

Marjie's Grill (pictured) and Turkey & The Wolf are among Bon Appetit's picks for the country's 50 best new restaurants. - COURTESY MARJIE'S GRILL/FACEBOOK
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  • Marjie's Grill (pictured) and Turkey & The Wolf are among Bon Appetit's picks for the country's 50 best new restaurants.

Two New Orleans restaurants were listed among the country’s 50 best new restaurants according to a Bon Appetit list released Tuesday.

Irish Channel sandwich shop Turkey & the Wolf (739 Jackson Ave., (504) 218-7428) and Mid-City’s Southeast Asian barbecue joint Marjie’s Grill (320 S. Broad St., (504) 603-2234) are among the top contenders listed in the food magazine’s Best New Restaurants 2017 lineup.

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Coolinary New Orleans kicks off today with lunch and dinner specials around town

Posted By on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 12:31 PM

Lula Restaurant Distillery is one of several new restaurants to offer discounted dining deals as part of Coolinary New Orleans this summer. - COURTESY LULA RESTAURANT DISTILLERY/FACEBOOK
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  • Lula Restaurant Distillery is one of several new restaurants to offer discounted dining deals as part of Coolinary New Orleans this summer.
It’s that time of year again: For the month of August, restaurants will offer discounted dining deals across the city as part of the annual Coolinary New Orleans summer promotion.

It’s a chance for eager diners to try out a new spot, or revisit an old favorite without breaking the bank. For restaurant owners, it's an incentive to coax in more diners during the slower summer months.

The deals follow a similar format to previous years, with restaurants offering prix-fixe menus for no more than $39. This year, more than 90 restaurants have joined the list, including several newcomers to the scene.

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Bud’s Broiler employee forced into cooler at gunpoint during armed robbery, NOPD says

Posted By on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM

An employee at Bud's Broiler on City Park Avenue was held up at gunpoint and forced into a cooler during an armed robbery early Tuesday. - PHOTO COURTESY BUD'S BROILER/FACEBOOK
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  • An employee at Bud's Broiler on City Park Avenue was held up at gunpoint and forced into a cooler during an armed robbery early Tuesday.

An employee at Bud’s Broiler (500 City Park Ave., (504) 486-2559) was robbed at gunpoint and forced into a cooler early Tuesday morning, police said.

A preliminary report from the NOPD said an armed woman entered the City Park Avenue burger joint shortly after 2 a.m. and forced an employee “into the cooler area,” at gunpoint. The suspect then went into the restaurant’s office, took several bags of cash and locked the employee inside the cooler before fleeing the scene.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

The Cheezy Cajun closes

Posted By on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 10:29 AM

The Cheezy Cajun on St. Claude Avenue has closed. - PHOTO COURTESY THE CHEEZY CAJUN/FACEBOOK
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  • The Cheezy Cajun on St. Claude Avenue has closed.

St. Claude Avenue’s The Cheezy Cajun has closed.

The owners announced the shuttering on the restaurant's Facebook page over the weekend, stating that the closure came with a “heavy heart.” The last day of service was Sunday.

Owners and longtime Bywater residents Doug Minich and Michael Ducote opened
the restaurant and meat market in late 2015, serving whimsical dishes with Cajun influence and a heavy dose of Wisconsin cheese. The spot was one of several butcher shop-restaurant hybrids to open in the city at the time, including Shank Charcuterie, also on St. Claude Avenue, and Bourree on South Carrollton Avenue.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Gabrielle will re-open on Orleans Avenue

Posted By on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 11:52 AM

Gabrielle will re-open on Orleans Avenue this fall. - COURTESY GABRIELLE/FACEBOOK
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  • Gabrielle will re-open on Orleans Avenue this fall.

It’s been 12 years since chefs Greg and Mary Sonnier’s beloved restaurant Gabrielle closed after Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures, but the restaurant will reopen this fall at 2441 Orleans Ave.

Gabrielle will take over what was once the Chinese restaurant Wok and Soul. The Sonniers bought the building in May and have been renovating the space. The new restaurant will seat 65 diners.

“We did have to throw out a wok stove,” Mary Sonnier said Friday.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Batture opens in the Riverbend

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 2:26 PM

Batture, a new seafood restaurant in the Riverbend, is now open. - COURTESY BATTURE/FACEBOOK
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  • Batture, a new seafood restaurant in the Riverbend, is now open.

Batture (632 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-592-7771), a new seafood restaurant, opens today in Riverbend.

The restaurant moved into the building formerly occupied by O’Henry’s, which closed late last year.

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Garden District Italian restaurant Altamura to close

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 11:23 AM

Prytania Street Italian restaurant Altamura will close. - COURTESY ALTAMURA/FACEBOOK
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  • Prytania Street Italian restaurant Altamura will close.

Italian restaurant Altamura will close, the owners said Thursday.

The restaurant from Manhattanjack proprietor Jack Petronella and chef Coleman Jernigan opened on the ground floor of the Magnolia Mansion on the corner of Prytania Street and Jackson Avenue last summer.

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