Serendipity, the new Mid City restaurant from Chef Chris Debarr, Ed Diaz, and Bug Brockway is officially open. Fans on Facebook applauded "madman/chef/poet" Debarr for a fabulous dinner after last week's soft opening. Debarr tweeted about the night, which went "swimmingly well, well except for the main oven crapping out, but we overcame. Guests & all my krewe proud & happy!"
A classy new addition to the American Can building, 3700 Orleans, Serendipity's dining room is dark and romantic, managing to block out that cold, institutional feeling the Olive Branch Cafe seemed to emanate. The huge bar? built by some of Diaz's Bar Tonique crew? is fully stocked and there's ample lounging room. The cocktail program features Tonique favorites plus some new additions. Bartenders hail from some of the city's best bars and restaurants including Sylvain and Lilette. Expect lots of adventurous small plates and live music.