UPTOWN: Asian fusion restaurant Hibiscus which opened in late August at 4206 Magazine, has already closed. The opening chefs departed in early September due to differences with the owner, Kelly North, who is also moving on with plans to open a restaurant/live music venue in the Marigny. [NOLA.com]
CBD: The Paramount has confirmed that Cali-based build your own pizza chain Blaze Pizza will indeed be opening at 611 O'Keefe in early 2015. The building will also house Magasin Kitchen and Ursa Major (from the Booty's team).
NOLA: Actor/Nola Native/community advocate Wendell Pierce talks food deserts and inequality with James Beard Foundation this week: "We allow our prejudices and our insecurities to color what would and wouldn't work in certain communities. Who says that someone from these areas wouldn't love a grocery store like Whole Foods or Trader Joes?" [JBF.org]
BYWATER: The St. Claude Food Truck Park launches tonight at 3039 St. Claude, and every Thurs-Sat 6 to 9 p.m. in October. Restrooms/bike parking/live entertainment will all be on hand. Expect to see some new trucks too, including St. Clair Wood Fired Pizza, Dirty Dishes (Southern fare) and Burgers Ya Heard. [Advocate]
QUARTER: Chef Erik Venéy is back in as executive chef at Muriel's. Venéy, 48, held the post at Muriel's from 2002-2007, but more recently worked in both Stella and R'evolution's kitchens. [NOLA.com]