If the latest Expansion Wires are any indication of what's in store for the 70117, it looks like dining options in the Marigny and Bywater may multiply Freret-style in the coming year, and St. Claude Avenue will also be no stranger to new restaurants. Super-scooper Ian Mcnulty reports that Chris Smedley, chef/proprietor of the popular chef-driven sausage and weenie pop up Borracho inside of Kajun's Pub, is planning to open a second restaurant in a building adjacent to Kajun's this fall.
Smedley? a Rambla alum, who has gained an impressive fanbase obsessed with his late night housemade pub fare in little over a few months time? is already hard at work on the upcoming, yet-to-be-named restaurant. Per McNulty:
Renovations have begun... and some long-range food prep is already underway (like prosciutto hams now set up to cure). While the menu is still a work in progress, Smedley says it will zero in on local flavors in a small plates format.
Smedley has already done been learned in the fried chicken liver/pimento cheese arts and fine dining, so the transition to fancypants Modern Southern cuisine should be a gracious one. Expect table service and (hopefully) a full bar within unicycling distance of all your favorite nightlife venues. Until then, Borracho, which Senor McNulty reminds us is Spanish for "drunk," is open from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. inside the belly of the great, terrifying karaoke beast (2256 St. Claude).