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Every New Restaurant & Bar in New Orleans, Fall 2016

36+ new spots have opened since September

Josh Brasted

With fall almost coming to a close— winter officially starts on December 21, y’all—the city of New Orleans is wrapping up some of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the year and already looking forward to the hottest coming attractions of winter.

Here now, Eater Nola takes a look back on the many openings around town since the start of autumn (September 22) and also during summer 2016.


CBD— Root empire builder/chef Phillip Lopez has opened ground floor bistro Petit Lion in The Troubadour at 1111 Gravier St. with a menu of deviled eggs, fried chicken, mussels and frites, a Croque Monsieur, lobster burger, along with beers, approachable wines and classic cocktail riffs at a horseshoe-shaped bar. [Eaterwire]

HARAHAN— Heads & Tails Seafood and Oyster Bar, a great new seafood-oriented neighborhood spot at 1820 Dickory Avenue is open from Shelley Flick (owner of Sammy’s Deli and part of the R & O’s family) with a menu that includes classic comfort food and then some, including chargrilled oysters, barbecue shrimp and grits, seafood platters and more. [Eaterwire]

LAKEFRONT— A bar and restaurant Sala is now open at 124 Lake Marina Dr. (in the former Maple Cafe spot) near West End from sister and brother combo Heather and Joe Riccobono (the family behind Riccobono’s Peppermill, Riccobono’s Panola Street Cafe and Cafe Navarre). Bistro fare available at dinner and soon for brunch. [Advocate]

CANAL STREET— A drive-thru CC’s Coffee is now open at 2323 Canal near the new hospital compound. [CityBusiness, sub req]

BROADMOOR— Wayward Owl Brewing Co. opens its brewery and taproom in the historically renovated Gem Theater at 3840 Thalia St. [Eaterwire]

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT— The team behind Restaurant Rebirth has opened Cajun eatery Galliano in the former Root space (200 Julia). Chef and Galliano, Louisiana native Ricky Cheramie— a K-Paul’s and Commander’s alum—cooks up duck boudin and a ‘fried swamp platter’ comprised of fried crawfish tails, alligator and frog legs. [Gambit]

GRETNA— Super cute Amore Bakery and Cafe opens at 307 Huey P. Long Ave. from pastry chef and Brocato’s/Hotel Monteleone alum Sage Spicuzza and family. Italian and French pastries, Coast Roast coffee, beer, gelato and plans for beignets, zeppoles and light lunch fare to come. []

FRERET— Uptown has a new spot for gelato with the opening of Piccola Gelateria, serving Italian coffee, 18 seasonal flavors of gelato, piadina (flatbreads) and plans for crepes. Status: Officially open at at 4525 Freret St., Sunday & Tues-Thurs, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Frid-Sat, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Facebook here. (954) 618-8141. [Gambit]


MID CITY— Creole and charbroiled oyster hotspot Neyow’s opens its brand new location at 3332 Bienville, with twice the room, including a new outdoor dining area with its own bar and televisions. [Advocate]

FRERET STREET— New Orleans first beer-focused restaurant Freret Beer Room opens at 5018 Freret with small and large plates created with a wide variety of flavor profiles and beer pairings in mind— PEI mussels, snapper collar, housemade chorizo sandwich topped with a fried egg and then some. [Eaterwire]

MID CITY— Three Palms Bar, a new watering hole from first time bar owner and former UNO employee Susan Dandridge, is now open in the former Tulane Avenue Bar space. Fresh fruit daiquiris, a patio and happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. [MidCityMessenger]

GRETNA— Legacy Kitchen’s Steak + Chop brings red meat, seafood and an upscale casual vibe to the former Twin Peak’s location at 91 Westbank Expressway. [Advocate]

CENTRAL CITY— Hot dog spot Diva Dawg and Creole comfort food spot Black Swan Food Experience are now open in the Roux Carre open-air food court at 2000 O.C. Haley. [Advocate]

CBD— Cafe Anglais, a grab and go option for lunch, dinner, baked goods, French Truck coffee, Big Easy Bucha and more, is now open to the public in the Windsor Court (300 Gravier St). [CityBiz]

NORTHSHORE— Lama’s St. Roch is now open at 301 Lafitte St. in Mandeville from seafood pro Anthony Lama Jr., of St. Roch Market fame and partner Matt Watson, former operator of po boy hub Bear’s, with baller gumbo, fried seafood, roast beef po’ boy as well as a seafood market planned for the new year. []


OLD METAIRIE— A new family-friendly location of Rock-N-Sake is now open at 2913 Metairie Road with a menu of specialty rolls including ingredients ranging from foie dat to peanut butter and jelly, off-menu traditional rolls and sashimi, a full bar and a covered deck. []

BYWATER— The Crepe Place, a new cafe from the owners of the French Market’s Crepe Cart, is now open at 941 Poland Ave. The menu includes meaty, vegetarian, gluten-free and dessert crepes and coffee from French Truck. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. []

MID CITY— Long-awaited grilled cheese spot Melt is now open at 2549 Banks Street, Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a full bar, lots of happy hours specials (daily from 3 to 7 p.m.), and a menu that includes salads, soups, and sandwiches including a pressed ham and brie and a grilled boiled shrimp/pimento cheese. A roof top deck, courtyard and more menu items (including charc/cheese boards) are in the works. [Gambit]

MID CITY— Anticipated barbecue spot Frey Smoked Meat Co. is open in the Mid City Market from Rue 127 chef Ray Gruezke and team. Menu includes barbecue platters, brisket chili, buckets of biscuits, burgers, fried chicken, crazy macaroni and cheese variations, and giant milkshakes. A full bar features 50+ whiskeys and beers to choose from, plus eight more brews on draft. And yes, there is outdoor seating. [Eaterwire]


ST CLAUDE AVE— A casual new tavern and art gallery Artisan Bar & Cafe is now open in a former metal-working shop from the owners of Marigny neighborhood spot Iggy’s. Menu includes pub grub (burgers, wraps, quesadillas) and there’s a full bar. [Advocate]

CENTRAL CITY— a new Jamaican eatery 14 Parishes from Jamaica natives and former Atlanta restaurateurs Conroy and Charles Blake, has opened in the former location of The Big Top and The Beatnik (1638 Clio St.) with a menu that includes jerk chicken, oxtail stew and more. Booze permit is pending. []

MARIGNY— Royal Sushi & Bar is open at 1913 Royal Street in the location that housed short-lived Ichi Ramen House and the even shorter-lived Anna’s Gastropub. Specialty rolls, ramen bowls and more for lunch and dinner. [Gambit]

CHALMETTE— A mindful new eatery Cafe Aquarius is now open at 2101 Paris Rd. from the owners of St. Bernard bakery Flour Power with vegetarian dishes including a vegan Buffalo ‘chicken’ wrap, along with meatier items (a Cubano and a beefy croque), and pastries that steal the show. []

FAIR GROUNDS— A second location of Uptown breakfast hub Toast is now open at 1845 Gentilly from baker Cara Benson and team. The menu is much the same as the flagship (ebelskivers, toast, crepes and more) with a few new specials including spicy fried chicken & waffles. Currently waiting on booze permit. [Gambit]


NAVARRE— Chef Susan Spicer and chef de cuisine Brett "Shaggy" Duffy bring Westbank-inspired eats (rosemary BBQ shrimp, spaghetti and lamb meatballs, and more) to casual neighborhood eatery Rosedale at 801 Rosedale near City Park. [Advocate]

FRENCH QUARTER— After a lengthy shutter, historic restaurant Cafe Sbisa finally returns to 1011 Decatur under new ownership, including chef Alfred Singleton, who brings a slew of creative modern Creole dishes and classics to this spot that dates back to 1899. [Advocate]

ARABI— 40 Arpent Brewing Company (6809 N. Peters St.) is now rocking a brand new taproom with a great view of the Mississippi and plans for an outdoor deck. [Gambit]


CENTRAL CITY—The hotly-anticipated Toups South officially opens at 1504 O.C. Haley from beloved Cajun chef Isaac Toups and team with a slew of Southern dishes and meaty madness at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. [Eaterwire]

NINTH WARD— Okay Bar lands at 1700 Port St. with shot and beer combos and tacos ($3) from former HiHo kitchen operator Brian Simonson. [Eaterwire]

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT— Emeril Lagasse’s first new restaurant in New Orleans since 1998 Meril opens at 424 Girod with a globally-inspired menu of small/large plates prepared via wood fire oven and on a robata-style grill for under $20. Casual vibes in a gorgeous space. [Eaterwire]

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT— Dessert hotspot Drip Affogato Bar brings an array of intriguing affogato specialties (ice cream/gelato served with a shot of espresso on top) featuring Creole Creamery ice cream and French Truck coffee to 730 Carondelet. [Eaterwire]

ST. ROCH— Texas native and founding pitmaster of Black Label Icehouse Damian Brugger opens up new operation Brügger's Barbecüe at St. Roch Market, with mighty sandwiches, sides and meats by the pound, including brisket, sausage and pulled pork. []

MID CITY— Oyster hub Mr. Ed’s opens in the former Pei Wei (300 N. Carrollton at Mid City Market) with a stand-up oyster bar, cocktail bar, and a menu that includes New Orleans staples from stuffed bell peppers to fried Des Allemandes catfish. [Eaterwire]


UPTOWN— Three Muses lands at 7537 Maple Street with the same great service, cocktails, small plates and live music as the Frenchmen Street flagship from chef Dan Esses, Sophie Lee, Kimberly Patton Bragg and crew. []

BUCKTOWN— Station 6 is a highly-anticipated, seafood-heavy eatery from the founder of Vega Tapas Alison Vega and family. Now open Tuesday-Sunday at 105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy on the Metairie lakefront with a fresh catch-based menu, including oysters, pastas, sandwiches and more. []

QUARTER— Mojo Coffee Bar has opened a new location inside the Saint Hotel at 931 Canal Street .[Gambit]


GARDEN DISTRICT— A high end trattoria with a great happy hour and brunch Altamura lands in the Magnolia Mansion (2127 Prytania) from ManhattanJack’s Jack Petronella and Coleman Jernigan.

MARIGNY— The Dragon's Den (435 Esplanade) has a new eatery Asian Kitchen from chef Nick Giles (who also operates Fry & Pie at Hi Ho) with pan-Asian snack foods galore, including yakitori, General Tso chicken tenders and a BLT bao.]

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT— Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar (701 Tchoup) reopens after a major million dollar revamp with double the bar space downstairs and a new upstairs dining room and bar, along with a completely new menu featuring fish tacos, avocado fries, queso, mussels and much more. [Advocate]

UPTOWN— Shawarma On The Go opens with Middle Eastern eats at the Jetgo gas station at 3720 Magazine, serving falafel and gyro platters, wraps and sandwiches, po boys, cheese steaks and more from Kuwait native and chef Osama Albassisi. []

NORTH BROAD— Chef Scott's Creole Barbecue has landed in the renovated and rebranded Whoo Doo BBQ spot at 2660 St. Phillip St. with a raw bar and live music to come. Pitmaster Dimeitrieck Scott— a Delgado grad and Windsor Court/Monteleone alum— specializes in ribs and lots of smoked meats (steak, fish, jerk chicken) and is known for his line of Whoo Doo BBQ sauces. []

LAKEVIEW— LGD breakfast and lunch staple District Donuts. Sliders. Brew brings its beloved selection of crazy doughnuts, sliders, killer coffee program featuring 1000 Faces, and even doughnut sandwiches to 527 Harrison Ave. []

LGD— Former Coquette sous Mason Hereford and partner Lauren Holton bank on incredible, creative sandwiches and cocktails at Turkey And The Wolf, a quirky and casual new eatery at 739 Jackson Ave. [Gambit]

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT— Modern delicatessen Part & Parcel opens from the Root empire with meaty sandwiches, housemade charcuterie, and cocktails in the South Market District’s ever-popular Paramount building (611 O’Keefe Ave). []

LGD— Fat Boy Pantry is now slinging ice cream, sandwiches, coffee, and juice at 1302 Magazine Street from former operator of defunct restaurant Cibugnu and root beer heiress, Hillary Barq. [Gambit]

UPTOWN— Tryst is open (and has also shuttered) in former Saveur (and Baie Rouge) space at 4128 Magazine from the same owner Kimble Donington-Smith. Chef Son Tran (former Crepe Nanou chef) does casual bar snacks—wings, potstickers, crepes— and there’s a new cocktail program. [Gambit]

NEW ORLEANS EAST— Sunset Grill, a casual new eatery with beach drinks and from-scratch bar food from Atlanta native David Thomas, is now open near the Lakefront Airport at 5750 Hayne Blvd. []


WAREHOUSE DISTRICT— Seaworthy opens at 630 Carondelet (in the Ace Hotel compound) with an impressive oyster bar and sustainable seafood menu (caviar, lobster rolls, and more) from NYC-based floating oyster bar schooner Grand Banks. The cocktails, including many low-proof options, are not to be overlooked. [Eaterwire]

MID CITY— Wingstop, a Dallas-based wing chain with over 900 locations world-wide, is open at 520 N. Carrollton with wings, chicken tenders, hand-cut fries, and 11 sauces ranging from mango habanero to lemon garlic. [Eaterwire]

FRERET— Peruvian restaurant Cuzco is open at 4714 Freret with a menu featuring ceviche, causa, Peruvian-style fried rice and stir fry. [Gambit,]

NORTHSHORE— The Shack brings a backyard and comfort food with a Latin twist to 204 W. 21st Ave. in Covington with a menu of Cubanos, fish tacos and more. []

MID CITY— Vessel brings craft cocktails and globally-influenced coastal cuisine to a breathtaking old church at 3835 Iberville (formerly Redemption and Christian’s). []


NORTHSHORE— Meribo brings modern Italian eats to a stunning space at 326 Lee Ln. in downtown Covington from co-founders Vinnie LeDonne (formerly GM at Palmetto's in Slidell) and Gavin Jobe (owner of the Pelican House in Baton Rouge). [Eaterwire]

OLD METAIRIE— City Greens opens a new location at 600 Metairie Road with salads, wraps, pressed juices and more. [Eaterwire]

GENTILLY— The Füd Bar, a new contemporary cafeteria specializing in home-cooked meals from owners Erik Neumann and Robert Faust (a Mahony's alum), is now open at 1522 Robert E. Lee Blvd. with made-to-order sandwiches, a salad bar, grab and go items and more. []

GARDEN DISTRICT— The spiffy new location of Little Korea officially opens in the former home of AJ&J Asian Bistro (2240 Magazine) with more seating, tables with grills for cooking up your own Korean barbecue, an expanded menu and a second-generation owner, Joyce Park, taking over for her parents. []

UPTOWN— Ignatius Coffee & Espresso Bar is now open at 3121 Magazine from Rue De La Course owner Debra Dunn in partnership with Mojo Coffee Roasters. [Eaterwire]

MID CITY— Fharmacy, a new eatery from Namese alumni Chien Nguyen and Nhat Nguyen, opens in the former Dis & Dem space (2540 Banks) with a menu of comfort food snacks including burgers, wings, and boudin balls and a full bar. [Advocate]

CANAL STREET— The ‘fanciest’ Waffle House in America opens in the Medical District at 2500 Canal with waffles, hashbrowns and all you ever hoped for 24 hours a day. [Gambit]

METAIRIE—Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts launches family-friendly daiquiri cafe Big Easy Cafe at 4517 W. Esplanade Ave with personal pizzas, burgers, nachos, frozen libations and more. []

CBD— Halal Guys, the NY-based street meat chain, opens its first New Orleans location today at 301 St. Charles Avenue. [Thrillist]

UPTOWN— The former owners of Frankie & Johnny’s, Darryl and Ellen Cortello, open neighborhood cafe Luca Eats at 7329 Cohn with breakfast/lunch sandwiches and panini in the $6-$10 range, French Truck coffee drinks, plate specials and seating for 25. [UptownMessenger]

UPTOWN— Israeli street food spot Tal's Hummus opens in the former McClure's Barbecue spot (4800 Magazine) from Tel Aviv native and Doris Metropolitan alum Tal Sharon. BYOB and vegetarian friendly. [Advocate]

UPTOWN— Chais Delachaise, the chic expansion from Evan Hayes and The Delachaise team opens at 7708 Maple Street with bistro fare from chef Daniel Volponi, along with a great wine and beverage program. [Eaterwire]

LGD— Legendary jacket-required restaurant The Caribbean Room reopens in the Pontchartrain Hotel (2031 St. Charles Ave) under the watchful eye of the Besh Group, with chef Chris Lusk turning out signature classic dishes and new takes on Creole cuisine in a swanky dining room, part of a $10 million overhaul including a new Bayou Bar, Silver Whistle Cafe and Hot Tin, the incredible roof top cocktail bar. []

METAIRIE— Banh Mi Boys, a casual new spot for banh mi, chicken wings and loaded loaded bo ne fries opens at 5001 Airline Dr. adjacent to owner Peter Nguyen's family-owned Texaco gas station. []

CANAL STREET— Hong Kong Market fave Mr. Bubbles opens a second location inside the New Orleans BioInnovation Center (1441 Canal) with a menu of banh mi, bubble tea, Cafe Sua Da and more—including Dong Phuong breads for purchase. [, Gambit]

Don’t see a new restaurant that’s opened in New Orleans in fall or summer of 2016? Leave a comment or send Eater Nola a tip, and we’ll update as necessary.