Toups South (1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-304-2147) announced themes for its next two Counter Club dinners. A Hawaiian Nights dinner on Thursday, Aug. 16 features dishes such as Hawaiian-style smoked pork belly with pineapple and crispy rice cakes. The Spice Trade dinner on Sept. 20 w… Read more

Carmo (527 Julia St., 504-875-4132; www.cafecarmo.com), the tropical-themed Warehouse District restaurant, has always been a good spot for a cocktail. The restaurant maintained a small bar that served creative drinks highlighting fresh-squeezed, often exotic fruit juices. Its owners recently… Read more

Chef R.J. Tsarov helmed the kitchen at popular Uptown wine bistor The Delachaise (3442 St. Charles Ave., 504-895-0858; www.thedelachaise.com) for the past decade. He recently left the business, announcing his departure in an email saying he “needed a change of pace” and is “ready for new opp… Read more

Chef Alex Harrell closed his French Quarter stunner Angeline in June to find a new location. On Thursday, Harrell announced his team would take over the space currently home to The Franklin (2600 Dauphine St., 504-267-0640; www.thefranklinnola.com), which will close after dinner service on July 2. Read more

Carmo (527 Julia St., 504-875-4132; www.cafecarmo.com), the tropical-themed Warehouse District restaurant, has always been a good spot for a cocktail. The restaurant maintained a small bar that served creative drinks highlighting fresh-squeezed, often exotic fruit juices. Its owners recently… Read more

Todd Pulsinelli made a name for himself as the executive chef of August, chef/restaurateur John Besh's fine dining flagship restaurant in the Central Business District. Pulsinelli is departing to open his own restaurant in early fall at 3218 Magazine St., the spot formerly occupied by Italia… Read more

There will soon be a new name serving the beignets and cafe au lait in New Orleans City Park. Cafe du Monde has been awarded the contract to run a beignet parlor in the park's Casino Building, replacing its historic rival, Morning Call Coffee Stand. Read more

The restaurant Fullblast Brunch (139 S. Cortez St.) will open as early as this week in the corner building that previously was the home of The Ruby Slipper Cafe's flagship location. Ruby Slipper opened a new Mid-City location nearby on S. Broad Street early this year. Read more