Empanola opens at St. Roch Market

New vendor serves empanadas
Empanola, an empanada concept, is now open at St. Roch Market (2381 St. Claude Ave., 504-609-3813; www.strochmarket.com). Husband-and-wife team Jimena Urrutia and Marcelo Garcia opened their stand in early July, taking over the space formerly occupied by Brugger's Barbecue.

Freezy Street opens on St. Claude Avenue

Thai-style ice cream and more
Move over, soft serve, there's a new kid in town. Freezy Street (2633 St. Claude Ave.; www.freezystreet.com) a new shop specializing in Thai-style rolled ice cream, is now open on St. Claude Avenue.

Dreamy Weenies to close July 29

French Quarter hot dog specialist closes after five years
Dreamy Weenies (740 N. Rampart St., 504-872-0157; www.dreamyweenies.com), the French Quarter hot dog shop, will close following its last day of business on Saturday, July 29. The restaurant made the announcement on its Facebook page July 19.

Dat Dog celebrates National Hot Dog Day on July 22

Hot dog chain supports Son of a Saint with hot dog contest
Dat Dog celebrates National Hot Dog Day at its Freret Steet location (5030 Freret St., 504-899-6883; www.datdog.com) on Saturday, July 22 with a fundraiser for Son of a Saint (www.sonofasaint.org).   The event is 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

James Beards Taste America comes to New Orleans Oct. 6

Fundraising dinner features Beard Award winners and nominees
The James Beard Foundation's annual Taste America tour, featuring fundraising dinners in cities across the country, comes to New Orleans and the Royal Sonesta on Oct. 6. The dinner will be prepared by several 2017 Beard Award winners and nominees.

Vega Tapas Cafe offers Mediterranean specials

Summer specials highlight Spain, France, Italy, Egypt and more
Vega Tapas Cafe (2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-836-2007; www.vegatapascafe.com) has kicked off its summer series highlighting cuisines from around the Mediterranean. Each week, the restaurant offers a four-course tasting menu for $40.

Continental Provisions closes

St. James Cheese and Bellegarde Bakery owners pull the plug on the sandwich stand
  The shop was a collaborative effort by members of St. James Cheese Co. (www.stjamescheese.com), Bellegarde Bakery (www.bellegardebakery.wordpress.com) and the since-shuttered butcher Cleaver & Co. A statement said the stand's proprietors — Richard Sutton, Graison Gill and Seth Hamstead — will be "focusing their time and efforts on their other business ventures."

Bastille Day events in New Orleans

Dinners at local restaurants and a festival in Faubourg St. John
In France, celebrations of Bastille Day mark the July 14, 1789 storming of the Bastille prison, liberating prisoners and kicking off the French Revolution. In New Orleans, the anniversary often is celebrated with French food and parties.

Orleans Coffee opens in Central City

The coffee stand opens inside Zeitgeist
Orleans Coffee (www.orleanscoffee.com) opened a second coffee shop. Located inside Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-352-1150; www.zeitgeistnola.org) in Central City, it serves coffee and espresso drinks, teas and baked goods.

Meauxbar hosts seasonal dinner series

Seasonal produce featured in themed dinners
Meauxbar (942 N. Rampart St., 504-569-9979; www.meauxbar.com) chef John Bel has launched a series of six dinners highlighting seasonal local produce in four- and five-course meals. Desserts are provided by pastry chef Ruby Bloch, and Meauxbar's bar director Gillian White is selecting wine pairings for each course.

Poke Loa expands to Old Metairie

Raw fish concept to open new location this fall
Poke Loa (3341 Magazine St., 504-309-9993; www.eatpokeloa.com), the city's first restaurant dedicated to the trendy raw fish dish, is expanding with a second location in Old Metairie this fall.   The fast-casual restaurant opened on Magazine Street in February, selling mix-and-match bowls of fish, rice, greens and toppings.

Press Street Station holds fish fry dinner July 15

Urban South Brewery beers paired with multi-course meal
Press Street Station (5 Press St., 504-249-5622; www.pressstreetstation.com) chef Michael Doyle and Urban South Brewery (www.urbansouthbrewery.com) are teaming up for a fish fry dinner July 15. The five-course meal includes unlimited beer pairings for $65.


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