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Mid-City revelation 

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  Veteran New Orleans bartender Chris McMillian appears poised to open a shop in the former Mid-City burger spot Juicy Lucy's (133 N. Carrollton Ave.).

  City records indicate McMillian is in the process of applying for an occupational business and liquor permit at the spot, which sits near the intersection of Canal Street and North Carrollton Avenue. An application for a liquor permit posted on the building's window Sept. 15 lists the temporary name as "Revel," and the applicant as Chris & Laura's Love Shack, an LLC registered to McMillian and his wife, Laura, records show.

  No word on what the pair have planned at the spot as of yet. McMillian did not immediately return a call for comment.

  Owner Michael Juan opened Juicy Lucy's on the strip four years ago. The casual eatery, known for stuffed, oversized patties, closed its doors in late June, "because of things beyond our control," according to a post on the restaurant's Facebook page. The owners were not immediately available for comment.

  McMillian, a fourth-generation bartender, has garnered accolades for his craft, and Imbibe magazine named him one of the 25 most influential cocktail personalities of the past century. Currently the head bartender at French Quarter restaurant Kingfish (337 Chartres St., 504-598-5005; McMillian is a co-founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail, where his wife is the assistant managing director.


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