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Aquarium Dining, El Libre Crafts Rum Drinks & More

Dining news from around New Orleans.

The bar at El Libre.
The bar at El Libre.

UPTOWN— Richard Webster reports that the controversial Maple Street overlay—which would "restrict the ability of Maple Street restaurants to present live music and obtain alcohol permits" because a lax, new citywide zoning ordinance is now in place— is a no go. Councilwoman Susan Guidry finally withdrew the proposal yesterday. []

QUARTER— Helen Freund reports that top New Orleans chefs—including Susan Spicer, Tenney Flynn and more— will cook up a six-course wine pairing dinner at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas on September 24 to benefit Audubon Nature Institute's Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries program. $150/person, plus added bonus of dining with sharks. [Gambit]

QUARTER—Just a reminder that Cuban cafe El Libre is open in the French Quarter, from Todd Price, and please note: The "bar only stocks rum...for now." []