City Pork announced Tuesday afternoon the hiring of two chefs.
The hospitality group named chef Mike Brewer the corporate chef of the restaurant group, which houses City Pork Deli & Charcuterie and City Pork Brasserie & Bar. Scott Gautreau will take over as executive chef of the Brasserie, at 7327 Jefferson Highway.
According to a press release, the chefs' personalities and knowledge "pair perfectly with the vision and direction" of the group.
Brewer, a former King of Louisiana Seafood, has been in the New Orleans restaurant scene since 1999. He previously worked for Brennan's, opened Jackson and then went to Commander's Palace. In 2013, he opened The Sammich.
"Mike's focus is, and always has been, his love of local, fresh products combined with his creative flavor combinations," the release said. "He is thrilled to be directing the culinary team at City Pork where smoke, charcuterie, and the flavors of Louisiana are always in the forefront."
Gautreau is a Baton Rouge native who began his career at Commander's Palace in 1997 and was then recruited to Houston. More recently, Scott returned to the capital city to work as a sales manager for a national food service distributor.
"Scott has now returned to his first love, cooking," the press release said.
Gautreau replaces Ryan André, who resigned from City Pork Brasserie & Bar earlier this month to follow other opportunities.
City Pork has been making a lot of waves lately, starting in August with the "amicable split" of its two owners, Stephen Hightower and Trey Williams. While Hightower took over the City Pork properties, Williams now independently operates Southfin Southern Poké. The third property, City Pork Kitchen & Bar, at 6721 Exchequer Drive, closed at the end of August and will become the second location of KC's Grill.
Now open: Don Juan Spirits
A bar and cigar lounge has opened in Towne Center.
Don Juan Spirits opened at 7539 Corporate Blvd. in September. The bar opens as a lounge at 9 a.m., serving coffee and espresso drinks. At 11 a.m., drinks and a few food options are served. Business hours are 9 a.m. to midnight daily.
Manager Justine Stewart, who has been with the neighboring Don Juan Cigar Company for a decade, said a bar has been on the minds of the owners for 3-4 years.
"We finally got around to it when this spot became empty," she said.
The interior has space for around 65 patrons and has a cozy feel with leather chairs, a long black bar and a few high-top tables. The specialty drink menu features favorites like a signature bloody Mary and smoked old fashioned. On the food side, Don Juan is serving hot wings, sandwiches, burgers and croissants with Calvin's chicken salad.
For more information, visit facebook.com/donjuanspirits or call (225) 960-7597.
La Salle's Crawfish and Lobster Roll coming in January
A new seafood restaurant that will specialize in lobster rolls, soups and seafood tacos is set to open in January in Acadian-Perkins Plaza.
La Salle’s Crawfish and Lobster Roll will also feature crawfish and shrimp rolls, along with seafood salads, lobster bisque and crawfish bisque, said Jeff Simoneaux, who is opening La Salle’s with Leo Scott. The restaurant will be located next to The Salad Shop.
Along with seafood sandwiches, salads and soups, La Salle’s will offer sides such as dirty rice, potato salad and macaroni and cheese, along with desserts.
La Salle’s plans to be open seven days a week, for lunch and dinner. If all goes well, Simoneaux hopes to open a location in the French Quarter in 2019.
Timothy Boone contributed to this report.