Even more killer … Cam Boudreaux and April Bellow are expanding their killer empire from the tiny backroom of the Erin Rose Bar into a full-fleged restaurant only a couple of blocks away. Targeted to open in late summer, the second Killer Po-Boys will be on Dauphine Street in the space once occupied by Nosh. With a large kitchen and dining room, the new location will be able to offer a larger menu that will include breakfast, salads and more. Pretty killer, huh? 504.252.6745
811 Conti St. killerpoboys.com
So long, farewell ... Galvez Restaurant, the Spanish-Creole fusion eatery with views of the Mississippi River, shuttered its doors recently. Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts has purchased the space with the intention of turning it into a venue for weddings and other events. Renovations should be underway shortly and the new space is slated to be available for private parties in the fall. 914 N. Peters St.
Unfortunately, we lost another restaurant that the Warehouse Restaurant had so recently gained. Chateau du Lac Bistro's second location, which opened in September 2014 in the former La Boca space, was forced to close due to a huge construction project next door that severely decreased business. Fortunately, the old location in Metairie is still open, so we'll just have to trek a little bit further. 504.831.3773
2037 Metairie Rd. chateaudulacbistro.com
A coffee epiphany … In the Warehouse District, there's a brand new spot to score your perfect cuppa Joe called Revelator Coffee Company. The small java shop on Tchoupitoulas Street sits right across from Vic's Kangaroo Café, offering an always rotating menu of select coffees, pastries and other baked goods from Gracious Bakery and light lunch items from City Greens. 637 Tchoupitoulas Street
revelatorcoffee.com 18 roses? … A second edition of the popular West Bank Vietnamese restaurant Nine Roses opened recently in the French Quarter. Dubbed Nine Roses Café, the second location offers all of the dishes fans know and love from the original, like their fried egg rolls, steamed pork dumplings, pho, banh mi and more. 504.324.9450 620 Conti St. ninerosesrestaurant.com
Lunch is hopping! … The newly opened Compère Lapin, headed up by celebrity chef Nina Compton, is now open for lunch. Diners can now enjoy the restaurant's innovative flavors seven days a week from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Surprisingly affordable options include marinated shrimp with roasted jalapeno jus, Creole tomato gazpacho, curried goat with plantain gnocchi and more. 504.599.2119 535 Tchoupitoulas St. comperelapin.com To Thai perchance to dream … The same owners who closed My Thai Cuisine recently opened a new restaurant dubbed Lotus Thai Cafe in the same space on the West Bank. The menu has been changed a bit but they still offer affordable dishes like Tom Yum Pork Noodle Soup, Lotus Shrimp, Green Curry and Pineapple Fried Rice. Lotus Thai Cafe is open daily for lunch and dinner. 504.365.5525 2104 Manhattan Blvd.
Local chefs unite against violence and poverty … James Beard Award-winning chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski recently announced the creation of the Link Stryjewski Foundation, dedicated to addressing the persistent cycle of violence and poverty in the Greater New Orleans Area. The Foundation will provide support to organizations that work directly to end this cycle, and two local non-profit organizations, Kingsley House and Youth Empowerment Project, have already been named as initial beneficiaries. "We're proud that the Link Stryjewski Foundation will help nourish and educate the youth of New Orleans, allowing them to realize their full potential and become active, positive members of our community," states Link.
The Link Stryjewski Foundation also announced their first major fund-raising event, a Bal Masqué that will happen January 9, 2016, at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans. Famous chefs, including Mario Batali, Paul Kahan, Nancy Oakes, Richard Reddington, Suzanne Goin, Andrea Reusing, Mike Lata, and Frank Stitt, have already pledged their support to the inaugural event. Tickets to the Bal Masqué are $1000. Additionally, on Friday, January 8, patrons who make an additional donation of $500 are invited to attend a lavish preview dinner at Calcasieu that will be hosted by Chef Mario Batali. Corporate and individual sponsorships are also available, ranging from $5000 to $100,000. For more information, visit donaldlink.com.
Rollin' it mobile-style … Izzo's Illegal Burrito, the Louisiana-based restaurant concept, has launched a new mobile and online ordering experience powered by Olo (www.olo.com). Available via web and mobile app at Apple's App Store and Google Play, the new ordering program allows guests to order and pay ahead, then Skip the Line® at pickup in just a few simple steps. Known for its Roll Your Own® options, including burritos, tacos, bowls, nachos, quesadillas and salads filled with high-quality meats and fresh ingredients, Izzo's new digital storefront expands its commitment to providing fast and friendly service for guests looking to eat outside the restaurant. izzos.com