Todd A. Price at NOLA.com imagines what will happen to the city when Dixie Beer — founded in 1907 and nearly ruined when Hurricane Katrina flooded its Tulane Avenue brewery — is again a giant in NOLA. New Orleans Saints owners Tom and Gayle Benson bought a majority interest and relaunched Dixie last summer — and Gayle just announced that Dixie will soon have a $30 Million, 80K-square-foot brewery in New Orleans East to its name. It’s unclear if Dixie’s take on brews — think: light, similar to certain big-name beers — will resonate in a climate of craft brews.
(More) booze news
La Boulangerie, the bakery in Uptown, is now serving hard beverages, reports Helen Freund at Gambit. The French spot at 4600 Magazine Street is now offering French wine, beer and cocktails (including classics like bloody marys and Irish coffee.)
What the critics are saying
Helen Freund visited Iacovone (pronounced YA-un-vo-nee, reports a cheeky sign from the shop), the takeout restaurant from Bob Iacovone, who previously logged time at the fine-dining CBD spot Cuvee. Freund praises Iacovone (the chef) for running the whole operation and presenting “some of the most attractive to-go meals you’ll come across.” She calls the heirloom tomato salad “bright” and the barbecued pulled pork po boy “as messy as it is delicious.”