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Josephine Estelle Launches Monday Family Supper Series at Ace Hotel

Plus, Frenchmen’s Dat Dog outpost unveils a Wookie shrine

Josephine Estelle
Josephine Estelle.
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

TERRYTOWN — Sad news this week from Terrytown Cafe. Owner Phillip Songy died Monday at the age of 56 following a battle with cancer. Songy was renowned for his doughnut-cutting abilities, which he had honed since he began working in the shop (then called Tastee Donuts) at the age of 15, according to Todd Price. [Times-Picayune]

UPTOWN — A fire set by an arsonist on Sunday has forced The Flaming Torch restaurant to close its doors indefinitely. Owner Zohreh Khaleghi says she nearly died trying to escape the blaze. The case has been referred to the FBI. [WWL]

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT — The Ace Hotel’s Art Deco gem Josephine Estelle is launching a new family-style dining series dubbed Monday Family Supper. Hosted on the first Monday of every month, tickets are $35 per person. The event kicks on on February 6. [EaterWire]

NEW ORLEANS — A new alcohol tax ushered in at the end of 2016 by the City of New Orleans is gaining criticism from some restaurant owners. Restaurants and bars now have to pay between .50 and .40 cents on every gallon of liquor, beer, or wine above a certain ABV. Cowbell’s operator Krista May says, “If you're going to tax people or levy an additional tax, I think you probably have a responsibility to let people know outside of people who were fortunate enough to be present in council chambers when it happened.” [WVUE]

FRERET — Dat Dog’s Frenchmen outpost is creating a “Revel Alliance” with the Intergalactic Krew of Chewbacchus ahead of Mardi Gras. The second floor of the restaurant will now feature a shrine to the group’s libation-loving Wookie, Chewbaccus (a cross between the Roman god of wine and the Star Wars character). The space will be used for fundraising events supporting STOMP Troopers, a program that helps children with autism participate in parade activities. On February 18, parade revelers will get the chance to share a toast from 7:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. dedicated to the Krewe of Chewbacchus. [EaterWire]

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