Saint Cecilia opens near French Market

Saint Lawrence owners open second restaurant.
The new restaurant and bar Saint Cecilia (91 French Market Place, 504-522-5851) is now open in the French Quarter. The owners of gastropub Saint Lawrence opened the casual spot across the street from the French Market, and it has indoor and outdoor seating and a spacious bar.

Church Alley Coffee Bar opens in Mid-City

Coffee spot relocates from Central City
Church Alley Coffee Bar (4201 Canal St., 504-304-6306; is now open in Mid-City after leaving its original location in Central City. The new coffee shop held a grand opening party April 15.

Koreole postpones opening

St. Claude's Korean-Creole restaurant and grocery is on hold
Korean grocery and deli Koreole, scheduled to open on St. Claude Avenue, won't open for a while, says owner Kayti Chung-Williams. She says she is under a doctor's orders to maintain a low-impact lifestyle following radiation treatments she underwent last fall for a spinal cord tumor.

Pulp and Grind opens in Uptown

Coffee shop and juice bar opens second location
Pulp and Grind (, the juice, coffee and pastry hub from the folks behind Satsuma Cafe (, is opening a second location in Uptown on April 17.   The new spot at 5720 Magazine St. takes over the space formerly occupied by HiVolt Coffee's ( short-lived expansion HiVolt Bakery, which closed in January following a one-year run.

Ikura Hibachi and Sushi opens

Japanese restaurant replaces Little Tokyo in Mid-City
After a a 10-year run in Mid-City, Little Tokyo closed last month, and a group of new owners have opened Ikura Hibachi and Sushi (310 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-485-5658; in the space. It serves a similar menu of traditional and creative sushi rolls, as well as new lunch and dinner items.

Live Nation presents its second Food Truck Friday

Live Nation presents its second Food Truck Friday April 21 in Champions Square with an expanded lineup of trucks and live music. Participating trucks include Burgers Ya Heard, Crepes a la Cart, Dirty Dishes NOLA, La Cocinita Food Truck, Frencheeze Food Truck, Rollin' Fatties, Plum Street Snoballs and others.

Hogs for the Cause raises $1.3 million, names winners

Top barbecue dishes and fundraisers
Nearly 30,000 people flocked to the grounds of the UNO Lakefront Arena for the ninth annual Hogs for the Cause ( The festival featured 90 teams serving barbecue and raising funds for families with children battling pediatric brain cancer.

Nina Compton named one of the nation’s Best New Chefs

Food & Wine magazine recognizes local chef
Less than two years after moving to New Orleans to open her buzzy Warehouse District restaurant Compere Lapin (535 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-599-2119;, Nina Compton has been named one of the country's best new chefs by Food & Wine magazine (   The magazine's list features 12 up-and-coming chefs from across the nation, including Peter Cho of Han Oak in Portland, Oregon and Yoshi Okai from Otoko in Austin, Texas.

Jason Klutts takes over at Kingfish

French Quarter bistro has a new chef
Jason Klutts has been named executive chef at French Quarter bistro Kingfish (337 Chartres St., 504-598-5005;, according to a news release from the restaurant group Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts. Nathan Richard — who took over the Kingfish kitchen after Greg Sonnier departed in 2015 — left Kingfish to become the executive chef at Cavan last month.

Desi Vega’s Prime Burger and Shakes to open in Harahan

Eatery will replace shuttered Phil’s Grill
Less than a month after Harahan burger joint Phil's Grill closed, a new burger and shake spot is set to open in its place. Desi Vega's Prime Burger and Shakes will open at 1640 Hickory Ave. in April.

Fried Chicken Festival moves to Woldenberg Park

The festival returns Sept. 23-24
The 2017 Fried Chicken Festival ( will be Sept. 23-24 in Woldenberg Park.   The inaugural festival last year drew more than 40,000 attendees to Lafayette Square, organizers say.

Top Taco announces 2017 winners

Winning tacos and drinks from the inaugural event
Taqueria Chilangos (2723 Roosevelt Blvd., Kenner, 504-469-5599) won judges' and attendees' votes for top traditional taco at Top Taco at Spanish Plaza March 23. Judges (including this one) voted for their favorites from more than 40 restaurants competing in categories including top creative taco, top traditional margarita and top creative tequila cocktail.


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