THE SHUTTER — Wood Pizza across from Cochon in the Warehouse District closed its doors for good on May 31. The eatery opened at the beginning of 2015 with a large patio, a bright red pizza oven, and plenty of beers on tap. [Eater Tipline]
AWARDS SEASON — Eight New Orleans restaurants made OpenTable’s 50 Best Southern Restaurants list this year: Atchafalaya, Boucherie, Carrollton Market, Mr. B’s Bistro, Restaurant R’evolution, Restaurant Rebirth, Willa Jean, and Muriel’s Jackson Square. [press release]
EXPANSIONS — Alon Shaya has set the debut date for his second restaurant, Safta in Denver’s Source Hotel. It’ll swing open in August. [Eater Denver]
BRUNCHWIRE — Pythian Market, the new CBD food hall, is now serving brunch on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with live jazz from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and $5 mimosas and $6 bloody Marys. Brunch dishes include cochon de lait benedict; shakshuka; brunch pizza with white sauce, bacon, caramelized onions, cheesy eggs, apple jelly, truffle oil, and parmesan; breakfast tacos; and a traditional Jamaican breakfast – akee and salt fish with yellow yam, banana, and dumplings. Here’s a full list of New Orleans’ hot new brunches. [press release]
EVENTWIRE — Tickets for Liberty’s Kitchen’s “Come Grow With Us” annual gala and food extravaganza on September 21 at the Ace Hotel are now available. General admission tickets are $125. [press release]
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES — After over 175 years serving classic Creole dishes, Antoine’s is finally getting an elevator. [WGNO]
CRIME WIRE —The two rookie officers facing accusations of beating a man outside the Mid City Yacht Club could face hate crime charges. Both have already been fired from the NOPD. [NOLA.COM]
In other crime news, an Angola prison guard has been sneaking drugs into the prison by hiding them in Subway sandwiches. [4WWL]
TEMPORARY CLOSURES — Paloma Cafe will be closed Monday, August 6 to Saturday, August 11 for a break.
INTERVIEWS — Chef Chris Jolly was working at Outback Steakhouse when he became a vegan. Now he runs a vegan po-boy stall in the Circle Food Store called Rolls & Rock. Helen Freund interviews him. [GAMBIT]
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