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Nina Compton to open Bywater American Bistro 

Restaurant replaces Mariza in Bywater

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Chef Nina Compton and husband Larry Miller, owners of Compere Lapin (535 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-599-2119; www.comperelapin.com) in the Warehouse District, announced they will open Bywater American Bistro in the Rice Mill Lofts building at 2900 Chartres St. in the coming months.

  The couple bought the space's former occupant, Mariza, from its owners, chef Ian Schnoebelen and Laurie Casebonne, who closed their five-year-old restaurant on New Year's Eve.

  Compton worked at chef/restaurateur Scott Conant's Miami restaurant Scarpetta before she joined the contestants on the 13th season of Bravo's TV cooking competition Top Chef, which was filmed in New Orleans. She reached the final rounds and was voted fan favorite.

  In 2015, Compton and Miller moved to New Orleans and opened Compere Lapin. Since then, Compton has been nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Chef South, and she was named one of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs last year.

  The menu at Bywater American Bistro is in development, according to a press release. It will include house-made pastas, French-inspired charcuterie and dishes such as a farro risotto with maitake mushrooms and mint breadcrumbs, and yellowfin tuna steak with pepperonata, herb salad and almond cream.

  Chef Levi Raines will be a partner in the business and preside over the kitchen. He moved from Miami to New Orleans to be the sous chef at Compere Lapin.

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