Feb 28, 2024 - Food and Drink

Dew Drop Inn reopens with new restaurant, plus more food news

A modern-designed bar with six brass and leather bar stools lined up at it. The back-bar glows with amber lighting, and bottles are lined up along the back wall.

The Dew Drop Inn reopens Friday with a venue, restaurant, pool and hotel rooms. Photo: Rush Jagoe

A new restaurant inside the renovated Dew Drop Inn leads our latest roundup of New Orleans restaurant news.

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๐ŸŽต The highly-anticipated return of the Dew Drop Inn arrives this weekend. With it comes a new restaurant led by chef Marilyn Doucette, who founded Meals from the Heart Cafe, according to a press rep for the project.

  • The menu will focus on Creole food, and it'll serve breakfast and lunch to start, with poolside service and some grab-and-go items available.
  • Jazz brunch also begins this Sunday from 10am to 3 pm with music by the Herlin Riley Quartet ft. Delfeayo Marsalis. Make a reservation.
  • Go deeper.

๐Ÿ†• Charleston restaurateur Brooks Reitz is opening something new inside the former Nonna Mia space on Esplanade Avenue.

  • Ian McNulty with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune reports it'll be an English pub-style, neighborhood-focused place. Go deeper.
  • Worth noting: Reitz broke the news on his own Substack newsletter, where he pledged to share the story of the restaurant development as it progresses.

๐Ÿ’™ Le Petit Bleu, a pandemic-era, cafรฉ-sized companion to Commander's Palace, is now permanent, offering grab-and-go options just steps away from the storied restaurant on Washington Avenue, according to a press release.

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ St. Roch Market has been changing things up under Kevin Pedeaux's leadership. The food hall added an oyster bar and a burger vendor, bringing it up to more vendors than ever.

๐Ÿง Sucre has opened a new shop at 4711 Freret St. (Instagram)

๐ŸŒญ A Cajun speciality meats maker is selling his premium bologna with a promise right on the label that it's "100% butthole free" because "you can have a good time with someone from south Louisiana." (The Acadiana Advocate)

  • We can't fault his logic, but he admits that the marketing may not work everywhere.

๐Ÿฅค Francolini's now pours THC slushies made from Urban South's Driftee seltzer. (Instagram)

๐Ÿ Metairie favorite Fausto's has new ownership with plans to renovate and reopen in the next seven weeks. (NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ๐Ÿ”’)

โ˜• The Ruby Slipper reopened on Canal Street after a major expansion, according to a press release.

๐Ÿณ Crack'd Kitchen, a new brunch spot, has been taking shape on the Sophie B. Wright Place location that formerly housed the Munch Factory. (What Now New Orleans)

๐Ÿ’ƒ A culinary student pop-up in the CBD will offer a Central and South American and Caribbean menu through March 8. The proceeds benefit the NOCHI Scholarship Fund. (Details)

๐Ÿ• St. Pizza, a companion to Patron Saint Wine, is set to open soon on Magazine Street. (NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ๐Ÿ”’)

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