This may come as no surprise, but Dominique Macquet is leaving Tamarind in December to focus solely on the new Dominique's on Magazine? the two-level 190-seater with chef's table, wine cellar, five aeroponic towers and a courtyard herb garden in Uptown. What's more revealing about NOLA.com's report is that the restaurant's opening, already twice delayed (with Hurricane Isaac damage to boot), has now been pushed back to December.
Macquet closed the old location of Dominique's on Magazine (now Appoline) about a year ago to focus on Tamarind and the new Dominique's. As for Tamarind, the creative director of the Hotel Modern, James Stuart, says there are plans to explore a more "farm-to-table" approach, and hopes that Chef du Cuisine Quan Tran? who has been on personal leave? will once again return to the kitchen. In other news, Dirty Coast's Blake Haney is going to work with the hotel to help them "connect to the community," i.e. Ya Mominem.