EATER IDK — Louisiana seafood chain, Don’s Seafood, made a pot joke on a giant billboard with a picture of a crawfish pot and the words, “This pot is legal.” [NOLA.COM]
THE CHAINS — Starbucks will unleash a drive-thru location on Claiborne Avenue near Washington. If City Council approves, construction would begin in July and take three months. [UPTOWN MESSENGER]
UPDATES — The new Lakeview deli from the owners of Katie’s restaurant is taking shape with a name and a little more of a focus. Francesca’s (co-owner Stephanie Craig’s middle name) will sling Italian-American and Creole-Italian fare like Italian subs, meatball sandwiches, Italian sausage, and fried seafood po-boys. Plus, it’ll serve the St. Louis version of pizza, which means that the circular pie is topped with Provel cheese (a St. Louis cheese mash-up of cheddar, Swiss, and provolone), and sliced into squares. [ADVOCATE]
STAFF SHUFFLES — Hadi Ktiri just scored the beverage manager job at the Roosevelt Hotel. He’ll oversee drinks at the Sazerac Bar, the Fountain Lounge bar, and the hotel’s rooftop bar. Ktiri previously worked with celebrated bartender, Chris Hannah, at the French 75, which won a James Beard Award in 2017. [press release]
MILESTONES — In the 1970s, Arnaud’s needed such extensive renovations that Archie Casbarian made a deal with some of his best customers. For $10,000, they could buy a table that came with a $12,000 food and drink credit. Plus, the table was always available with only a half-hour notice. The names of those customers are still displayed on brass plaques by their tables at the restaurant, which turns 100 this year. Ian McNulty has all the details on how the restaurant made it this far. [ADVOCATE]
THE CHAINS — Saltgrass Steakhouse will begin construction on a new location in the Fremaux Town Center in Slidell. It’s the first on the North Shore. [NOLA.COM]
MENU UPDATES — Heads & Tails seafood restaurant and oyster bar in Harahan is adding more po-boys and pasta dishes to the menu. [GAMBIT]
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