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Gracious Expands to The Grocery, Dan Esses OUT at Dryades Market & More Intel

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CENTRAL CITY— Shaky news for O.C. Haley’s hopes to be the new Freret, with Todd Price reporting that chef Dan Esses, who basically stepped in to help launch the flailing Dryades Market in 2016, is stepping down from his position as CEO. The market plans to downsize, and a CEO salary is no longer be feasible: “A consultant specializing in grocery stores and turnaround strategies has been hired and will provide concrete suggestions by the end of February.” [NOLA.com]

GARDEN DISTRICT— Gert Town’s sandwich and pastry fave Gracious Bakery is expanding to The Grocery space on St. Charles Avenue, Ann Maloney reports, with seating for 40, a menu much like the original, packaged liquor for offsite consumption, and plans to open by Mardi Gras (owners Megan and Jay Forman hope to also land a special permit to sell mixed drinks to parade goers, whoop whoop). [NOLA.com]

ALGIERS POINT— Maloney also reports that a new pizzeria and craft cocktail destination Tavolino from Pal’s and Martine’s coowner Suzanne Accorsi and partner/Mondo GM alum Hillary Hanning will take over the recently shuttered Wine & Dine space on the Westbank. The menu will include pizzas, pastas, charc and more in a family-friend setting (with a 21+ lounge attached). [NOLA.com]

NOLA— It’s supposed to be rainy, but here are ten free New Year’s Eve parties including Mid City Yacht Club’s block party and Twelve Mile Limit’s Heatwave dance party. [Gambit]

UPTOWN— Kenton’s will host a New Year’s Day brunch with its full brunch menu and special addition of Croque Madame with house smoked ham, and complimentary black eyed peas and collards. Reservations at (504) 891-1177 . [Eaterwire]

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