That New New: NOLA’s New Restaurant Openings

Want to know what's opening up and what's shutting down in New Orleans? We have you covered.

by Paula Echevarria | August 15, 2018

Even though summers, and the smoldering temperatures that come along with it, are notoriously known for bad business in New Orleans, these brave eateries are brazen enough to test the waters with cool culinary concepts.

And succeeded they have, for they’ve already reached the mouths of many–both literally and physically–of the residents in our voracious city.

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.


(By Lorin Gaudin for Very Local New Orleans)

This newcomer is as mom-and-pop as it gets, with Guatemalan soul food being cooked by husband Hugo Vazquez, while wife Addie runs the colorful storefront. Expect bold flavors with fresh ingredients.


Big foodie alert: The chef who taught London how to love Southern Cuisine with Lockheart and Shotgun is opening a French restaurant inside the new Eliza Jane Hotel, reports We’re betting the Mississippi born chef knows a bit about the classic cuisine, noting he spent some time under the tutelage of Alan Ducasse and Thomas Keller, notably the most French chefs in America.



If you didn’t get Lorin Gaudin’s memo, then let us remind you that Gris-Gris is cooking up some serious Louisiana magic in a chic space located at the delta of Magazine street in the Lower Garden.

LemonShark Poke Nola


It seems like the Poke craze is far from over. Since California-based LemonShark Poke opened a location on Magazine–mere steps from already popular jaunt, Poké Loa–it has been abuzz with crowds looking for a refreshing bite to lighten these hot days.

Jasmine Rice Thai Cuisine

Taking a field trip to the West Bank for authentic Asian fare never gets old, so you know we have our eye on newcomer Jasmine Rice Thai Cuisine out in Terrytown. Pro Tip: The crab rangoons are made in-house with real crab. You heard it here first, folks.

Francesca by Katie’s


If you know and love the Mid-City modern neighborhood Italian eatery, Katie’s, then you’ll most certainly feel for its deli-style, Lakeview sister. Unlike its predecessor, this family-owned restaurant will showcase the influence of business partner and wife, Stephanie Francesca Craig, who sprinkles her St. Louis Italian upbringing with some of the institution’s already favorited.



Trend Alert: Experts predicted that Oaxacan cuisine would be the next big thing to hit our kitchens in 2018, and Chef Edgar Caro (of Baru, Basin and the Latin American steakhouse Brasa) along with his partner Antonio Mata brought back a lot of intel from research trips to Mexico. So, don’t expect Tex-Mex here.


Cafe Adelaide,​ the Commander’s Family of Restaurants eatery named for Adelaide Brennan, will serve its final 25c lunch martinis on August 24th.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., ​the infamous tourist trap closes after a little over 20 years in service. []
Wood Pizza, ​across from Cochon, closed its doors for good May 31. [Eater]
Feelings Cafe, ​has closed down for the time being, but an unidentified restaurant owner has already taken over the lease. We await news.
Cafe B, ​the Metairie Brennan staple, ​will not be renewing its lease at the end of the year.
Momo Ramen + Poke ​closes after just three months of opening []

Paula Echevarria

Paula Echevarria

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 is her passion, but cocktails are her mistress, and she has been extensively covering the subject as a freelance digital journalist and social media maven for the past 5 years. This included a column for Edible called Tropical Tippling, and extensive reporting for the Miami New Times.

She's back in her true love New Orleans after being away for ten years, and you can follow her food adventures @nola.bites and her tippling ones at @cocktailgroupie.

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