French Quarter restaurant Angeline to close June 3

Chef/owner Alex Harrell hopes to relocate
Chef Alex Harrell's stunning contemporary Southern restaurant Angeline (1032 Chartres St., 504-308-3106; will close its French Quarter location June 3. Harrell says he will reopen the restaurant at a new location.

Kim Son and Smokehouse Grill announce closures

The longtime West Bank Vietnamese restaurant closes in June

Two restaurants have announced closings, including the long-running West Bank Vietnamese restaurant Kim Son (349 Whitney Ave., 504-366-2489), which will close by the end of June, owners told The Advocate.

After three decades in business, the Gretna restaurant is closing due to an expiring lease and because the restaurant's longtime chef is dealing with a serious medical condition.

The West Bank restaurant introduced many local diners to Vietnamese ingredients and cuisine, and its expansive menu included a wide selection of Chinese-American dishes as well.

In Bucktown, Smokehouse Grill (200 Metairie Hammond Highway) closed. The news was announced on the restaurant's social media feed, and no reason was given for the shutter. Owners Brandon Herty Arnold and chef Joe Rouchon, who met while working at New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co., opened the restaurant last year.

Longway Tavern opens in French Quarter

The gastropub with classic drinks and small bites
In the 1920s, the home of writer Roark Bradford and his wife Mary Rose was known to many artists in New Orleans as a place where they could wind down with a drink or a snack — a last stop before heading home for the evening. Writers Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner were known to knock on the door of 719 Toulouse St. in search of good company, spirits and sustenance.

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience returns May 23-27

There are wine tastings, dinners and activities and more
The 26th annual New Orleans Wine & Food Experience ( is May 23-27. The food and wine extravaganza includes a smorgasbord of drinking and dining events, educational seminars and activities.

Pythian Market to open May 31

The CBD food hall features barbecue, Mediterranean and Jamaican food and more
Smoked meats from Central City BBQ, Mediterranean dishes from an offshoot of 1000 Figs and stewed oxtail from Jamaican restaurant 14 Parishes will be among the offerings from the 14 vendors at Pythian Market (234 Loyola Ave., 504-605-0414;, which opens May 31. The team behind the Central Business District food hall announced the complete list of vendors last week.

Trilly Cheesesteaks opens in Mid-City

The Philly cheesesteak shop opens on Banks Street
Cheesesteak pop-up Trilly Cheesesteaks (4413 Banks St., 504-784-8169; opened last week in its new permanent space next to Banks Street Bar in Mid-City. The creative cheesesteak concept moved into the space formerly occupied by James Clesi's boiled crawfish restaurant, which moved to a nearby location.

Goldberg’s Fine Foods opens in CBD

New York-style bagels and more from the Atlanta-based deli
It isn't easy to get a New York-style bagel in New Orleans. With the opening of Goldbergs Fine Foods (925 Common St., 504-267-3564; in the Central Business District, the local bagel game is looking up.

Deutsches Haus celebrates Volksfest May 19

German beer, food, music and more
Deutsches Haus (1023 Ridgewood Drive, Metairie; celebrates Volksfest, the traditional German welcome to summertime, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 19.

Nina Compton and Cure win Beard Awards

Local chef, bar and restaurant among 2018 winners
Nina Compton and Cure were winners at the 2018 James Beard Awards in Chicago May 7. The James Beard Foundation's annual awards are the Oscars of the food world.

Crazy Johnnie’s owner Johnnie Schram dies

Restauranteur ran Crazy Johnnie’s Steak House
Johnnie Schram, founder and owner of the long-running Fat City restaurant Crazy Johnnie's Steak House, has died at 76. She passed away in her Metairie home May 7 following a long illness.

El Libre is now open in Uptown

Cuban food and rum drinks at a relocated cafe
Cocktail and cubano hub El Libre (3151 Calhoun St.) now is open in the spot formerly occupied by a Bud's Broiler for 40 years.   Owner Blake Lindberg originally opened El Libre in the French Quarter in 2015 at 508 Dumaine St. He closed the restaurant last year to move Uptown.

Craft Beer Week is May 14-20

New Orleans bars and breweries host beer events beginning May 12
  At The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243;, owner Polly Watts has procured new brews from across the country. At midnight Friday, May 11, events kick off with beers from Tired Hands Brewing Company in Pennsylvania.


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