New Banquet Menu at Austin’s

Austin’s Seafood and Steakhouse, 5101 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 888-5533,

Austin’s Seafood & Steakhouse, located in the heart of Metairie, is introducing a new banquet menu. Longtime favorites such as veal Austin, as well as new options such as Louisiana shrimp and grits and seafood-stuffed redfish will be featured. The new menu will be available for both lunch and dinner functions. The restaurant hosts private luncheons for 30 or more people and private dinners from 10 up to 100 people. The newly decorated bar and restaurant are open Monday through Saturday starting at 5 p.m. Daily specials, such as soft shell crab Amanda and stuffed shrimp Orleans, will continue to be offered nightly in the main dining room.  – Mirella Cameran


Antoine's Host to Fall Champagne Soirees and Happy Hours


Antoine’s Restaurant, 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422,

Antoine’s, the oldest French-Creole fine dining restaurant in New Orleans (est. 1840), is showing no signs of slowing down as it continues to play host to fun nights in the city. On Sept. 19, the restaurant will be hosting its fourth annual Sparkling Champagne Soirée: an opportunity to taste some of the best sparkling wines available worldwide and enjoy a buffet reception for $65. Later the same month, a Happy Hour in partnership with the YLC will offer a unique opportunity for younger city dwellers to experience Antoine’s. Typical happy hour specials will be available as well as a cocktail handcrafted for the event.   – M.C.


Sucre's New Location to Open in French Quarter


Confection Studio, 622 Conti St., 708-4366,

Sucré, the New Orleans-based artisanal confectioner, is opening a new French Quarter location that will include an informal restaurant and tearoom. The new, two-story Sucré will open at 622 Conti St. in November 2014. Downstairs will be a Sucré store and upstairs will serve tea from 1 to 5 p.m. After 5, savory items and soufflés will also be available. Cocktails and champagne will be served all day. Owner and restaurateur Joel Dondis said: “We are very excited to open in the French Quarter in this special space that is decorated in mid-century French-style. It’s a living-meets-dining vibe with a pretty balcony.” – M.C.