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Lake Charles Cold Pressed Juice Upstart Expands to Metairie

And other food world news

Main Squeeze Juice Co./Facebook

Lake Charles-based cold-pressed juice and smoothie chain Main Squeeze Juice Co. is in the midst of some hefty expansions around the New Orleans area. First up is a location for Metairie, on Metairie Road just east of N Causeway, serving those fruit-based libations with various health-conscious add-ons like açai berries and hemp protein. Main Squeeze is also planning locations for Uptown and Covington, and is also beefing up its presence in Texas with five new locations planned there.

Tiny Lower Garden District brewery Courtyard is planning a second location on Lafitte Avenue in Mid-City — according to, it’ll feature a brewery and taproom as well as a courtyard. It’s also likely to get into serving cocktails, wine, and coffee, and will have an increased brewing capacity. Expect it sometime in 2020.

— Chef Eric Cook’s rather Cajun restaurant Gris-Gris is adding a whopping two-story private events space — named the Samedi Room, it occupies the second and third levels of the restaurant’s Magazine Street location, with one level featuring a private kitchen and 12-person dining table (it can accommodate more if needed), and another with a lounge and balconies.

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival/Facebook

— Oak Street’s Po-Boy Festival is coming up again on November 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with some 30 vendors selling around 60 different po’ boys — has the rundown on how the ticketing will work for this year (in short, you’ll have to buy a $5 wristband before you buy any food, but there are a couple more expensive options that come with extra perks).

Renowned bartender Abigail Gullo will depart Warehouse District restaurant Compere Lapin sometime in November. According to Gambit, she’s headed to Seattle.

— Tulane University has an excellent new guide to all sorts of food-centric organizations and nonprofits in the New Orleans area — organized by neighborhood and category (for example, organizations that work with food policy, food access, or nutrition), it’s very thorough.

The Reposado in Pace cocktail
Loa Bar/Supplied

— Loa Bar in the International House Hotel is going all-out for All Saints’ and All Souls’ days, covering its interior with black-clad mirrors and candles. The bar will also serve a cocktail special, the Reposado in Pace, with smoky reposado mezcal, hand-pressed pecan milk, and edible flowers.

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Courtyard Brewery

1020 Erato St, New Orleans, LA 70130