Former Longbranch chef/owners Slade Rushing and Allison Vines-Rushing have opened MiLa in the Central Business District. The menu marries the cuisines of Mississippi and Louisiana. Look for dishes like New Orleans-style barbequed lobster and hush puppies with blue crab fondue.
Vincent Marcello has bought and closed French Quarter favorite Maximo's. He plans to reopen the restaurant early this year after renovations, which will include new balcony tables overlooking the Quarter, are complete. Paul Cattoche will remain as chef.
Chad Penedo (Nautical, Ye Olde College Inn) was promoted to executive chef at the Court of Two Sisters, home to one of the most beautiful courtyards in New Orleans and host to daily jazz brunches.
Matt Dwyer, a Charlie's Steak House server and bartender, has purchased the 75-year-old landmark and plans to refurbish the exterior. Dwyer, who has lived next door to Charlie's for 14 years, plans on keeping several of the restaurant's signature dishes.
New sushi spot Takumi has opened in the Uptown space once home to upscale bistro Table One. Ambitious entrées feature spiny lobster, king crab, and sea urchin.
The newly renovated Patois has opened Uptown in the former Nardo's spot, offering chef Aaron Burgan's Creole-influenced cuisine. Burgan promises menu changes weekly.
— Carol Lise Rosen
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