How long? … Get your late-night slice, liquor, and art at the new 10 Foot Pizza that recently opened on Rampart Street. Located in the spot that used to house Dreamy Weenies, this unique pizzeria is the brainchild of Nic Reddy and Noah Antieau, who, according to The Gambit, ran Lonesome Pizza in Oregon. They also own Red Truck Gallery (also in the French Quarter), which explains the interior's eclectic design. The pies are 18-inch or by the slice and resemble the New York style, but some of the toppings are anything but, like alligator sausage and pork jowl on the “Meat” pie, and roasted corn crema and lime zest on the “Elote.” They also offer vegan toppings from Nashville's The BE-Hive. 10 Foot Pizza is open daily, Sunday through Thursday, from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Friday and Saturday, from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
740 N. Rampart St., (504) 407-3484, 10footpizza.com
Part three … Deanie's Seafood just opened its third location in the building that once housed Charcoal's Gourmet Burger Bar, which closed last year. The new location is offering all of the old favorites, like their boiled shrimp, crawfish, and crab, plus po-boys, seafood platters, and yes, even their brisket burger. Deanie's opened its original restaurant in Bucktown (Metry) in 1960, and the second French Quarter location opened in 2002. The new Deanie's in the Irish Channel is open for lunch and dinner.
2200 Magazine St., (504) 962-7760, deanies.com
Back into the groove … Chef Chris DeBarr, who launched the popularity of restaurants like The Delachaise and Green Goddess, is now in the kitchen at Revel Cafe & Bar on N. Carrollton Avenue. He recently left Bywater Bakery, the overnight sensation created by baker Chaya Conrad. At Revel, owner Chris McMillian is giving DeBarr the freedom he desires to create his own unique seasonal menu to pair with McMillian's spectacular cocktails.
133 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 309-6122, revelcafeandbar.com
Its own digs … Former pop-up Trilly Cheesesteaks is open in its own brick and mortar space that was recently vacated by Clesi's Seafood. Located on Banks Street, Trilly offers an interesting concept where every meat-filled sandwich also has its own vegan counterpart. For example, the traditional Philly Cheesesteak with American, provolone, and cheddar whiz sauce is also made with steak seitan (wheat gluten) and vegan cheddar. Trilly Cheesesteaks also offers versions with barbecue chicken, Buffalo chicken, or chicken with ginger and soy sauce—each having a vegan rendition of the same sandwich.
4413 Banks St., (504) 784-8169, facebook.com/trilly.cheesesteaks
Take the longway … The partners behind Barrel Proof, Liam Deegan and Robert LeBlanc, have recently opened Longway Tavern in the French Quarter. Located in a building that's over two centuries old, Longway offers a cocktail menu crafted by Deegan and food from chef John Sinclair, formerly of Herbsaint and Coquette. Open daily from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., the tavern offers dishes like “Bread & Butter,” a French baguette with whipped lardo and fermented tomato; home fries with pork belly, crème fraiche, and caviar; succotash with chickpeas and tofu; and salmon confit with smashed cucumber, dill, and yogurt.
719 Toulouse St., longwaytavern.com
So sad to see you go … There's been a ton of restaurant closures over the past month or so, events that speak to the increasing competition in the industry. How can so many places feed so few?
Brisbi's Lakefront Restaurant & Bar, which opened in 2013, closed at the end of May. But seafood-lovers need not despair, as Felix's Restaurant & Oyster Bar will take over the space as its second location.
La Provence, the prominent Northshore restaurant in Lacombe, has shuttered its doors. Chef and co-owner Eric Hunter purchased the restaurant from chef John Besh about a year ago, but was unable to garner enough business to keep it going. But there's good news for affluent entrepreneurs looking to take over the space: it's currently on the market for a cool million.
Opened in 2001, the flashy Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro on St. Charles Avenue closed late in May. According to Nola.com, Al Copeland Investments is “reevaluating the market” and may possibly launch a new concept.
Smokehouse Grill, the BBQ spot in Bucktown that opened less than a year ago, recently announced on its Facebook page that it has closed. Though no one is sure why it had to close, Smokehouse Grill's fans will certainly miss it.
After almost 30 years in business, Magazine Po-Boy & Sandwich Shop closed. According to The Advocate, owner Ray Movahed is gladly retiring after so long in the sandwich biz. Yet things are looking up at the LGD location, as Mason Hereford, chef and owner of Turkey & the Wolf, has taken over the lease, and the rumor is he's turning it into a breakfast spot dubbed Molly's Rise & Shine.
Admired by cheese-lovers all over the GNO, The Melting Pot on St. Charles Avenue has closed its doors. A national chain based in Tampa, the restaurant had been in business for 13 years. We bid it a fondue farewell!
Just across St. Claude Avenue from St. Roch Market, Spotted Cat Food & Spirits closed in the beginning of June after less than a year in business. The Spotted Cat club on Frenchmen Street remains open.
Finally, the modern American bistro Rue 127, launched eight years ago on N. Carrollton Avenue, recently served its last meal. Chef and owner Ray Gruezke offered his thanks to loyal customers on the restaurant's website. But you will still find him serving his best at Frey Smoked Meat Co. just down the avenue.