UPTOWN—The Standard, a new casual brunch and lunch spot from Atlanta restaurateurs Ali Wild and Lana Banks is now open in the shortlived Hibiscus spot Uptown. The duo bring a slew of affordable brunch and lunch favorites—shrimp and grits, a crab melt, a Reuben—in the $10-$14 dollar range and a full bar to the mix. Status: Certified open at 4206 Magazine Street. (504) 509-7306.
ST. CLAUDE AVENUE— Longtime Bayou St. John coffee shop Fair Grinds quietly expanded in the spring with a second location on St. Claude Ave, next door to music club Siberia. The cafe features ample outdoor seating, a sweet mural, fair trade coffee, and fresh pastries. Status: Certified open at 2221 St. Claude Avenue. (504) 913-9073. [Photo: Facebook]