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Coquette chef opens second restaurant 

  Sweet Olive (931 Canal St., phone n.a.;, the new restaurant from Coquette Bistro & Wine Bar chef/co-owner Mike Stoltzfus, recently opened inside the Saint Hotel.

  The Sweet Olive menu takes a decidedly more Southern turn than Coquette (2800 Magazine St.; 265-0421;, with dishes like pickled Gulf shrimp, rabbit jambalaya, duck with collard greens and a bacon, banana and peanut butter Elvis Presley tribute for dessert.

  "Coquette goes wherever we really want to go, but for Sweet Olive it's more about the South and more local as far as the dishes and their ingredients," Stoltzfus says.

  The menu format at Sweet Olive is different, and not just from Coquette. While diners can order a la carte, the restaurant encourages a four-course prix fixe option, which costs $55. Wine pairings are offered for each course, with by-the-glass prices ranging from $7 to $18, and this wine service is different too.

  "For each course, the server brings out a tasting (of the wine) recommended for that dish and then you can decide if you want a full pour or not," Stoltzfus says.

  Sweet Olive prepares a separate, shorter menu for the hotel's Burgundy Bar, and Stoltzfus will also handle room service and banquet catering at the hotel.

  Sweet Olive serves breakfast and dinner daily. The restaurant is currenty accepting reservations only on its website.


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