Poke Loa expands to Warehouse District in fall

Raw fish trend continues with third location of local eatery
Raw fish hub Poke Loa (www.eatpokeloa.com) will expand to a third location at 939 Girod St. in the Warehouse District in coming months.   The city's first restaurant to specialize in the trendy Hawaiian raw fish dish opened its flagship location (3341 Magazine St., 504-309-9993) in February.

Rimon opens at Tulane Hillel

Chef Daniel Esses opens kosher restaurant
Rimon, a new kosher restaurant from chef Daniel Esses, is open for lunch with a limited menu at Tulane University's Hillel House (912 Broadway St., 504-232-0758; www.rimontulanehillel.com). Rimon will expand to a full menu when it adds dinner hours on Aug. 21.

Tito’s Ceviche and Pisco Bar opens in Uptown

Peruvian restaurant opens this week on Magazine Street
A new Peruvian restaurant and pisco bar, Tito's Ceviche & Pisco (5015 Magazine St., 504-267-7612; www.titoscevichepisco.com), scheduled to open Aug. 14, will specialize in traditional Peruvian dishes.   Owners Juan Lock and his wife, Tatiana, are behind the eatery.

Il Posto to close, change ownership

Italian cafe closes Aug. 14
Uptown Italian cafe Il Posto (4607 Dryades St., 504-895-2620; www.ilpostocafenola.com) announced it would close at 5 p.m. Aug. 14 and reopen in September under new ownership.

Bakery and sweet shop Beth Biundo Sweets opens Uptown

Lilette pastry chef opens cafe on Baronne Street
Beth Biundo Sweets (3917 Baronne St., 504-899-0859; www.bethbiundosweets.com), a new cafe and bakery from longtime Lilette pastry chef Beth Biundo, is now open.   The bakery, which opened Aug. 2 in the former Cleaver & Co. location on Baronne St., sells a variety of Biundo's sweets and baked goods, including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, tarts, ice cream sandwiches and more.

Two New Orleans restaurants land on Bon Appetit's best

Turkey and the Wolf and Marjie's are named among best new restaurants
Irish Channel sandwich shop Turkey and the Wolf (739 Jackson Ave., 504-218-7428; www.turkeyandthewolf.com) and Mid-City's Southeast Asian barbecue joint Marjie's Grill (320 S. Broad St., 504-603-2234; www.marjiesgrill.com) are among the country's 50 Best New Restaurants of 2017 in a Bon Appetit list released last week.   In keeping with the magazine's tradition, the finalists are announced two weeks ahead of the top 10 picks, which will be named when the magazine announces its Hot 10 winners list Aug. 15.

Dominican restaurant Mangu opens in Gretna

The family-run business opens on Belle Chasse Highway
It's a family affair at Mangu (2112 Belle Chasse Highway, Suite 7, Gretna; 504-324-9870; www.facebook.com/lesmangu), a new Dominican restaurant now open on the West Bank.   Owner Dariana Marte runs the back of the house with her mother and father, Jhovanny Marte and Jose Dario, in the kitchen, while her fiance, Jovany Barreto, and her brother handle the front of the house and marketing for the restaurant.

The Cheezy Cajun has closed

Bywater's quirky cheese and butcher shop closed July 30
The Cheezy Cajun (3325 St. Claude Ave.) closed July 30. The owners announced the shuttering on the restaurant's Facebook page.

Coolinary specials return to New Orleans

More than 90 restaurants offer prix fixe menus through August
For the month of August, restaurants will offer discounted dining deals as part of the annual Coolinary New Orleans summer promotion. It's a chance for diners to try out a new spot or revisit an old favorite without breaking the bank.

NOPSI Hotel now open in CBD

Luxury hotel features Public Service restaurant
The NOPSI Hotel (317 Baronne St., 504-962-6500; www.nopsihotel.com) opened in the CBD July 6, and it has two bars and a restaurant. The building dates to 1927 and once served as the headquarters for the city's utility company and public transit operator.

Gabrielle to reopen in Treme

Chefs Greg and Mary Sonnier to reopen their restaurant
It's been 12 years since chefs Greg and Mary Sonnier's beloved restaurant Gabrielle closed after Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures, but the restaurant will reopen this fall at 2441 Orleans Ave.   Gabrielle will take over what was once the Chinese restaurant Wok & Soul.

Batture opens in Riverbend

Casual restaurant serves seafood and Italian dishes
Batture (632 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-592-7771; www.facebook.com/thebatture) opened July 27 in the building formerly occupied by O'Henry's in Riverbend.   Chef Anderson West said Batture's concept is casual dining with Creole and Italian influences.

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