Blue Line Sandwich Co. is opening a Warehouse District location

Metairie sandwich restaurant expands
Metairie eatery Blue Line Sandwich Co. (2023 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-309-3773; www.bluelinesandwichco.com) is opening a second location in the Central Business District.

Flamingo A-Go-Go opens in Warehouse District

Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts opens bar and restaurant
Flashy new bar and restaurant Flamingo A-Go-Go (869 Magazine St., 504-577-2202; www.flamingo- nola.com), the latest project from Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts (www.creolecuisine.com), opened Dec. 1 in the Warehouse District.   The massive indoor-outdoor space features a 7,000-square-foot patio decorated in what the owners describe as "mid-century kitsch" style, which includes life-size games of Connect 4 and Twister, a flatbed truck that serves as a table seating 24 guests, a mural of flamingos by local artist Becky Fos and plenty of neon.

Local restaurants serve Feast of the Seven Fishes

Josephine Estelle and Avo offer holiday seafood dinners
Many Italians and Italian-Americans celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes, typically held on Christmas Eve. The Southern Italian feast — also known as La Vigilia — features seven types of seafood.

Chef changes at Briquette in Warehouse District

Robert Vazquez departs, Hosie Bourgeois takes over
Less than two months after opening, Warehouse District restaurant Briquette (701 S. Peters St., 504-302-7496) and its opening executive chef Robert Vasquez parted ways. Restaurateurs Anna and Anthony Tusa opened the restaurant with Vasquez and his wife Lindsey Jo Vasquez on Oct. 5.

Restaurant news for Mariza, Alma and Carmo

Bywater restaurant to close; new pop-ups and more
Mariza (2900 Chartres St., 504-598-5700; www.marizaneworleans.com), the Bywater restaurant serving chef Ian Schnoebelen's take on contemporary Louisiana cooking will close at the end of the year, co-owner and general manager Laurie Casebonne says. NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune reported that Chef Nina Compton and husband Larry Miller, owners of Compere Lapin (535 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-599-2119; www.comperelapin.com) are purchasing the restaurant and will open their second restaurant in the space in February 2018. — WILL COVIELLO

Big Freedia releases signature rosé

The bounce star's Ca' Di Freedia is now available
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New Orleans chefs star in Cajun Aces on Food Network

Sac-a-Lait’s Cody and Carroll explore Cajun culture on TV show
New Orleans chefs and husband-and-wife team Cody and Samantha Carroll star in Cajun Aces, which premiered Dec. 2 on Food Network (www.foodnetwork.com/shows/cajun-aces).   The couple runs the Cajun-inspired restaurant Sac-A-Lait (1051 Annunciation St., 504-324-3658; www.sac-a-laitrestaurant.com) in the Warehouse District and Hot Tails in New Roads (www.hottailsrestaurant.com).

Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 serves holiday tiki drinks

Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack pop-up returns
Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29 (321 N. Peters St., 504-609-3811; www.latitude29nola.com) is again hosting a Sippin' Santa Surf Shack pop-up menu of holiday drinks served in holiday glassware. This year's menu includes Mutiny in

Longway Tavern to open in French Quarter

A new restaurant from the team behind Sylvain and Cavan
The LeBlanc + Smith (www.leblancandsmith.com) restaurant group, which runs restaurants including Cavan (3607 Magazine St., 504-509-7655; www.cavannola.com) and whiskey bar Barrel Proof (1201 Magazine St.; www.barrelproofnola.com), will open Longway Tavern (www.longwaytavern.com) in the French Quarter next year.   Longway Tavern takes over the building at 719 Toulouse St., which dates back to 1794, and once was home to the writer Roark Bradford and his wife Mary Rose, who hosted guests including William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and John Carroll, according to a statement from the restaurant group.

Auction House Market adds vendors for 2018 opening

Elysian Seafood and SOLA Deli will be in Warehouse District food hub
Auction House Market (801 Magazine St.; www.auctionhousemarket.com) announced two more vendors for its lineup of food stalls slated to open in early 2018.   Elysian Seafood (504-323-9123; www.elysianseafood.com) and SOLA Deli (www.soladeli.com) will have counters at the 8,500 square-foot food hub from the organizers behind St. Roch Market (2381 St. Claude Ave., 504-609-3813; www.strochmarket.com).

Bud’s Broiler location in Uptown closes

El Libre Cuban cafe will open in the space in 2018
Bud's Broiler at 3151 Calhoun St. announced it would serve its last burgers Nov. 26. It will be replaced by an Uptown location of El Libre (508 Dumaine St., 504-309-2699; www.ellibrenola.com), says proprietor Blake Lindberg.

Oak Street Po-boy Festival announces top sandwiches from 2017 event

Red Fish Grill and Simone’s Market made some of judges’ favorites
The annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival (www.poboyfest.com) announced the top sandwiches from its Nov. 12 event.   Thousands of people packed Oak Street off Carrollton Avenue, where vendors offered traditional and creative po-boys, inlcuding Jacques-Imo's Cafe's slow-roasted duck po-boy, Mahony's Po-boys' Taiwanese pork belly po-boy, Oceana Grill's oysters Rockefeller po-boy and DTB's fried oyster and ham hock po-boy dressed with mustard greens and goat cheese.

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