Justin Devillier to open brasserie in French Quarter

Restaurant to open in Hurtwitz Mintz building
La Petite Grocery's Justin Devillier will open a new French brasserie in the historic Hurwitz Mintz building on Chartres Street, a representative for the restaurant confirmed last week. The project is still "in its infancy" and so far no name or opening date have been selected.

Dustin Brien to helm Public Service at NOPSI Hotel

The boutique hotel opens in July
Chef Dustin Brien pictured will helm the kitchen at Public Service when the new restaurant opens next month inside the NOPSI Hotel (317 Baronne St.).   The luxury boutique hotel opens July 6 in the historic building that once was the headquarters for New Orleans Public Service Inc., the city's public utility and streetcar operator.

South American steakhouse opens on Metairie Road

Brasa Churrasqueria serves wood-fired meats, chimichurri and craft cocktails
South American steakhouse Brasa Churrasqueria (2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-570-6338) opened last week in the space formerly occupied by Chateau du Lac. The new restaurant is being opened by Antonio Mata and Edgar Caro, owners of Basin Seafood & Spirits and Baru.

Bourree announces Sunday 'pig picking' events

There's music and whole hog roasts
Bourree (1510 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-510-4040; www.bourreenola.com) announced a new series of Sunday pig picking and live music events, set to kick off at 3 p.m. June 11 with the jazz band Tuba Skinny and a roasted whole hog.

Oktoberfest to move to Mid-City in 2017

Deutsches Haus is building a new space on Moss Street
Wiener dog races, chicken dancing, German dishes and beers are among the highlights at Deutsches Haus' (www.deutscheshaus.org) annual Oktoberfest. The event has been held at Kenner's Rivertown for the past several years, since the German social and cultural organization had to move out of its longtime Mid-City home to make way for the University Medical Center.

Liberty's Kitchen celebrates second location

The nonprofit opens on Poydras Street
Liberty's Kitchen (www.libertyskitchen.org) held the opening celebration for its second location on the third floor of the Freeport-McMoRan building (1615 Poydras St.) on June 1. with a party with students and staff and hors d'oeuvres by chefs Alon Shaya and Susan Spicer.

Kosher kitchen

Daniel Esses still is a partner at Three Muses, with mixologist Kimberly Patton-Bragg and singer Sophie Lee, and he is in the process of opening a Kosher restaurant inside Tulane University's Hillel house at 912 Broadway St.   It will be called Rimon, which is the Hebrew word for pomegranate.

Several New Orleans restaurants close May 31

Irish House, Three Muses and Oxalis closures follow several weeks of shuttered eateries
Three New Orleans restaurants closed May 31. Chef/owner Matt Murphy closed The Irish House (1432 St. Charles Ave.).

Five internationally inspired pop-ups in New Orleans

And where to find them
New Orleans has an active pop-up Scene. At last count, there were more than 50 restaurant pop-ups in the city.

New Orleans Oyster Festival is June 3-4

There’s music, oyster shucking and eating and more at Woldenberg Park
The New Orleans Oyster Festival (www.nolaoysterfest.org) returns to Woldenberg Park riverfront June 3-4. There are oyster shucking and eating constests, and more than 20 local restaurants will serve dishes highlighting Louisiana oysters.

Mizado cancels closing

Mexican and Latin restaurant to stay open.
Mizado Latin Kitchen (5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., 504-885-5555; www.mizadolatinkitchen.com), the Mid-City Mexican restaurant that announced its impending shutter a few weeks ago, will stay open after all. The restaurant's owners made the announcement May 25 in a news release.

Briquette to open in Warehouse District

Owners of Opal Basil to open two restaurants in New Orleans
Mandeville's Opal Basil closed last month, but owners Lindsey Jo Vasquez and husband and chef Robert Vasquez plan to open two restaurants in the Warehouse District by mid-summer.   Briquette will open at 701 S. Peters St. and will spotlight contemporary coastal cuisine.

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