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Reginelli's, Little Gem Opening Soon; Chef Duke, Santa

UPTOWN? Reginelli's has officially taken over the former Wow Wingery at State and Magazine with renovations that restored the building's original facade to pre-fug charm. The pizza chain? which apparently is working with Ti Martin (of Commanders/Adelaide fame) as they expand into other citiess? are gearing up to open on Tuesday, December 18. []

UPTOWN? On Wednesday, December 19, Café Giovanni's Duke LoCicero will join Santa Claus and restaurant industry folk to hand out gifts and watch kids' faces light up at Children's Hospital. Duke's Foundation for Kids raised almost $10,000 during its annual fund-raising gala. Since 1992, the foundation has distributed over $200,000 in toys to local children. [EaterWire]

CBD? Robert Peyton waxes nostalgic: "At the very end of this year, the Little Gem Saloon is set to open just a few yards away from the old location of Maylie's restaurant... Little Gem recently announced that chef Robert Bruce would take on the executive chef position in the restaurant. Bruce is a native New Orleanian who has cooked in a number of great joints, including Commander's Palace, Emeril's, Christian's, the Upperline and the Palace Café. Bruce also worked for a while with his step-grandfather, Willie Maylie, whose eponymous restaurant on Poydras closed years ago." [HautePlates]

Coming Soon, Little Gem Saloon [Photo: Official Website]

Little Gem Saloon

445 S Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70112