NEW ORLEANS — Todd Price has done the numbers: Only New York City has more James Beard nominations than New Orleans, and only one more at that. New Orleans has 11 finalists, while New York City has 12. Chicago ranks third on that list. The 11 finalists in New Orleans mark an increase over the number last year.
MANDEVILLE — Romano’s Macaroni Grill in Mandeville closed abruptly this week, paving the way for a Mexican restaurant to take its place, according to Kim Chatelain. The Houston-based chain has more than 200 locations worldwide, but none in Louisiana.[NOLA.COM]
CBD — Borgne has gotten into the “large format” cocktail game, a much more efficient way to keep the thirsty brunch crowd properly pickled. Each batch serves 6-8 people and ranges from $90-$95, according to a press release.
NEW ORLEANS — Where Y’at created a handy little list of six laundromats that are also bars in New Orleans. [WHERE Y’AT]