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The Most Anticipated Restaurants in New Orleans, Fall 2017 (UPDATED)

Time to get excited about fall’s newest restaurants

Gabrielle Restaurant, opening soon on Orleans Avenue
Josh Brasted

Ah, fall. The kids head back to school and sky-high temperatures finally break. Established restaurants breathe a sigh of relief that they’ve made it through the summer doldrums, and new restaurants put the finishing touches on their menus as they prepare for a debut.

While opening deadlines always tend to shift, here’s what to expect to see opening on the restaurant front over the next few months.


Location: 2441 Orleans Avenue

Key Players: Greg and Mary Sonnier

Projected Opening: Mid-September 2017

Greg and Mary Sonnier are putting the finishing touches on Gabrielle’s new location, a former Chinese restaurant and grocery around the corner from New Orleans institution Dooky Chase. The search for a new home lasted over a decade. After years of wrestling with locations and permits, the Sonniers painted their post-Katrina comeback in the familiar blue and yellow of the original restaurant. Expect new dishes on the menu next to some of the most popular dishes from the original Gabrielle.

Poke bowl from Poke Loa


Locations: 939 Girod Street (South Market District) and 701 Metairie Road (Old Metairie)

Key Players: Joe Reiss, Emily Chandler, Katherine Elias, Kristi Ellender, Cecile Tanguis, Jeanne Higgins, and Betsy Hildenbrand

Projected Opening: Both locations will land sometime this fall.

The Hawaiian poke craze took the U.S. mainland by storm, and now home-grown Poke Loa is taking New Orleans by storm, with two new locations coming hot on the heels of the original Magazine Street location’s summer debut. Expect the same build-your-own raw fish bowl concept, but with the addition of a mochi bar.

The team at Piece of Meat


Location: 3301 Bienville at N. Rendon (Mid City)

Key Players: David and Virginia Demarest, Leighann Smith, Fiona Delargy, and Dean DiSalvo

Projected Opening: October 1

Piece of Meat is a full sit-down restaurant and retail butcher shop. Most of the seating is outside, but there are ten spots at a bar where guests can watch pigs being broken down and transformed into sausage — all while the guests are dining. The new restaurant and butcher shop is from team behind Bayou Beer Garden and Bayou Wine Garden. Originally, it was to be called Bayou Meat Market.

The exterior of La Casita’s new warehouse district home


Location: 845 Carondelet Street, just a block away from the the location of the original in the Warehouse District

Projected Opening: September or October 2017

The Warehouse District lost a favorite happy hour margarita and taco spot a few months ago, but the restaurant was quick to make a comeback with the announcement that it had found a new location just a block from the original. Expect an expanded menu and more seating, including an outdoor area. Also expect the same great happy hour.

Curio’s location


Location: 301 Royal Street, at the corner of Royal and Bienville (French Quarter)

Key Players: Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts

Projected Opening: Mid- to late September

The ever-expanding restaurant empire, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, is opening Curio, serving “American cuisine with a Creole soul.” Situated among the Royal Street antique shops, the building housed a meat market two centuries ago. Hayley Vanvleet, former sous chef and Peche and butcher at Cochon Butcher, will lead the kitchen.

Max Well, New Orleans
Max Well, New Orleans


Location: 6101 Magazine Street, near Audubon Park

Key Player: Maxwell Eaton, an avid cyclist who studied nutrition at Tulane

Projected Opening: Early fall

Max Well, New Orleans, a new salad and cold-pressed juice cafe, takes over the spot that was formerly the home of Fresh Bar with an organic, plant-based menu that revolves around fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts. Opening hours will span breakfast to early evening seven days a week with counter service and some grab-and-go meals. Expect an overnight matcha oat bowl, oat groats, salads, and fresh juice.


301 Royal Street, New Orleans,

Gabrielle Restaurant

2441 Orleans Avenue, , LA 70119 (504) 603-2344 Visit Website

Poke Loa (Old Metairie)

701 Metairie Road, New Orleans, LA Visit Website

Piece Of Meat

3301 Bienville Street, , LA 70119 (504) 372-2289 Visit Website


3341 Magazine Street, , LA 70115 (504) 309-9993 Visit Website

Poke Loa (CBD)

939 Girod, New Orleans,

Max Well, New Orleans

6101 Magazine, New Orleans, LA