New Arabi bar Pirogue’s Whiskey Bayou (6940 St. Claude Ave., 504-676-3357) is throwing an official grand opening bash Saturday, May 14.
Muriel Altikriti, Lisa McCracken and Kelly Scheeran - longtime Bywater bartenders who worked at Markey’s and BJ’s Lounge - opened in late February.
[jump] “The three of us have been looking for a bar (to open) for years,” Altikriti says. “What we noticed at Markey’s was that a lot of our regulars were moving to Holy Cross and Arabi, so we started looking down here and eventually found this place. There’s a lot of great stuff happening down here right now.”
The bar, which sits in the former Perino’s Bar and Seafood spot, and its connecting pop-up Rear Window, opened just before Kitchen Table Cafe (7005 St. Claude Ave., 504-301-2285), which took over the former Old Arabi Eats location across the street in March.
Rear Window is run by Matt Hayashi and Amie Marvel, who formally ran the pop-up Four Calendar Cafe at Faubourg Wines. Their current menu includes elevated bar snacks such as duck liver toast with pepper jelly, little gem salad with grilled chicken thigh and anchovy dressing and crawfish poutine, among other items.
A weekday lunch special features smoked meats - sausage, chicken and brisket - and accompanying sides like mashed potatoes, red beans and rice and potato casserole.
On Saturday, the duo will smoke a whole hog. Boozy sno-balls from Lickety Splits will also be served.
The event will take over the bar, parking lot and adjacent outdoor space. The party starts at 11 a.m. and beginning at at 3 p.m. there's music by bands including Washboard Chaz, Jalin Malin, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee and His Thunder Band and Happy Talk, among others.
For more information, visit the bar’s Facebook page here.