It's been a while since there's been any news about Dominique's on Magazine, the insanely popular restaurant by Dominique Macquet that closed last November, with plans to move into a larger space this May. (Background here, with more on the relationship between Dominique's, Tamarind by Dominique, and Apolline.) For some time, the plan had been to move Dominique's into a larger space down the street, though his departure and the transition to Apolline was incredibly abrupt to say the least.
Because May is quickly approaching, it seemed like a good time to swing by and see how construction was going. As the photos above show, a May opening is most definitely not happening. According to Macquet, the restaurant is now due to open by July.
Whereas the old Dominique's space was small, its 60 seats almost constantly occupied, this one is enormous. The dining area will be split over two levels, with the primary dining area and bar downstairs, with around 80 seats, and a private dining area and overflow room upstairs with about 70 more. On top of that, there will be a 16 seat chef's area and a courtyard with room for 24-30 diners. All of that makes it about three times as large as the old space.
Macquet says he is aiming for an art deco feel inside, with a pretty large herb garden outside?in the photos above, the herb garden will be where the red pickup truck is. He also says he's working with a neighboring business to plant rosemary and other bushes in the parking lot on the side, making it a bit prettier. Which is good, because while there aren't any photos of it above, that parking area is not the most attractive.
Located on Magazine between General Pershing and Milan, once it's open Dominique's will be joining a three block stretch that has a number of diverse and awesome restaurants, including Casamento's, Magasin and La Petite Grocery.
· Dominique's on Magazine [Official Site]
· All Dominique's on Magazine Coverage on Eater NOLA [-ENOLA-]