That New New: Much-anticipated Picnic finally opened its doors

We also got good news about a beloved Slidell family business that will be relocating to New Orleans in the fall, and heartbreaking news  about a beloved institution.

by Paula Echevarria
September 11, 2018

The buzz about Picnic has been spreading like wildfire, but luckily this week we get to finally try the fried chicken that has build up so much anticipation. We also have good news about a beloved Slidell family business that will be relocating to New Orleans in the fall, and heartbreaking news  about a beloved institution.

That New New aims to keep you aware of all of the new restaurants to know about and the upcoming openings to keep an eye on. If you’ve got any leads or tips on openings happening in your neighborhood, drop us a line!

Picnic Provisions & Whiskey, 741 State St

Two of New Orleans dining dynasties have joined forces to bring this highly anticipated casual eatery in the late Noodle & Pie space. Commander’s Palace chef, Tory McPhail, and proprietor, Ti Martin, teamed up with Reginelli’s Pizzeria’s Darryl Reginelli, to master one of our beloved food institutions; the fried chicken.  Opened: Sept. 10

Poydras & Peters, CBD at 300 Poydras St

Native Chef Thomas Hine (most recently of Noyane at the Conrad, Chicago) returns to New Orleans to helm the new American brasserie that replaced Cafe Adelaide in the Loews Hotel, after it recently closed short of 15 years in service. The famous adjoining Swizzle-Stick bar has also been renamed Bar Peters, still offering a selection of new and classic cocktails, featuring local beers and rums. Opened: Aug. 22



Que Rico! Cuban Cafe, the popular cafeteria in Slidell, lost its lease in March after 9 years of pressing Cuban sandwiches to a crowd of adoring regulars. Coming this October they will be relocating to New Orleans and opening its new doors on Magazine, in the old Saucey’s BBQ spot. [reports]

Satsuma, the hipster cafe and juice bar trailblazer that popped up in the Bywater neighborhood in 2009, will open its third location on Magazine street come Spring 2019. Expect the space to be larger with a modern and chic feel, straying from the rustic charm of its original sister location. [reports Eater]



Alois J. Binder, the beloved bakery that supplied restaurants with the signature po-boy bread, shut down its operations last month because of “major equipment problems” reports They say they plan  to reopen but there’s not news as to how long this will take, and their clients are now seeking services from the other main bakeries including John Gendusa and Leidenheimer Baking Co. [reports]


Born in Madrid, raised in Miami, bred in New Orleans: Paula is a gregarious locavore always in search of a good cocktail and a great story. She won an Emmy for her kitchen production work while at NBCUniversal, and was nominated for a second one while working as the Associate Producer for PBS's Check, Please! South Florida with host, James Beard Award Winner, Chef Michelle Bernstein. While she worked as the Miami editor for national digital food and drink powerhouse, Tasting Table, she was chosen by Tom Colicchio as one of his secret diners for Bravo's Best New Restaurant. Food...