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Restoring Reveillon
Reveillon dinners are back this holiday season at a limited number of restaurants. The Reveillon hearkens back to the traditional feast that New Orleans Creole families would take after Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Though the custom nearly died out, the local French Quarter Festivals organization helped revive it in the 1990s by encouraging restaurants to serve multi-course, prix fixe menus during the holiday season. Many of the restaurants that offered these meals in the past remain closed since Katrina, but at press time those that had committed to continuing the tradition this year are Begue's Restaurant (Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St, 553-2278,, The Bombay Club (Prince Conti Hotel, 830 Conti St., 586-0972;, Bourbon House (144 Bourbon St., 522-0111), Le Café (Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 523-3341;, The New Orleans Grill (Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., 525-8449), The Rib Room (Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, 621 St. Louis St., 529-5333;, Tujague's (823 Decatur St., 525-8676;, Upperline (1413 Upperline St., 891-9822; and Zoe (W Hotel, 333 Poydras St., 207-5018). Visit for more information.

Making Whole Foods
Whole Whole Foods Market intends to reopen its Arabella Station store (5600 Magazine St., 899-9119; in February. The company was initially aiming for an early January reopening but construction delays have pushed the timetable back. Meanwhile, the company continues to run a pick-up service from the Uptown store. Customers can call (800) 967-9703 weekdays to order Whole Foods products and then pick them up at the Uptown store. The company's Metairie store (3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-8225) partially reopened Nov. 1, using about one-fifth of its floor space for a limited selection of produce, bulk items, packaged meats and seafood and prepared foods. The company expects to fully reopen the Metairie store sometime in the spring.

Two Sisters on TV
The Court of Two Sisters Restaurant (613 Royal St., 522-7261; is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, Nov. 29, and will later be featured on The Food Network. The restaurant is famous for its large courtyard and daily jazz brunch, which resumes with the reopening. The traditions of this musical brunch will be the subject of an episode of The Food Network's show Unwrapped , scheduled to air at 8 p.m. Dec. 26.

Galatoire's Rouge
It's official. After much speculation, Galatoire's Restaurant (209 Bourbon St., 525-2021) has opened a location in Baton Rouge. The owners of the 100-year-old Bourbon Street landmark were scheduled to open Galatoire's Bistro (17451 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, 225-753-4864) on Monday, Nov. 28. Galatoire's chief operating officer Melvin Rodrigue said the restaurant's family owners had been considering a Baton Rouge expansion for years and those plans were cemented and accelerated by Hurricane Katrina. Rodrigue is a partner in the new Galatoire's Bistro with the family. The new restaurant will serve many Creole classics from Galatoire's, but also traditional French bistro fare. Ross Eirich , Galatoire's executive chef, will oversee the opening of the kitchen but plans to return to New Orleans when the original restaurant reopens, which is scheduled for early January. Galatorie's Bistro will open initially for dinner only, but plans to begin serving lunch and dinner nightly by Dec. 12.


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