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Costera Restaurant and Bar, Otra Vez, The Kolache Kitchen
Costera Restaurant and Bar
Costera Restaurant and Bar has opened in the space that for many years was occupied by La Thai. Chef Brian Burns’ menu is “coastal Spanish,” and it’s extensive. Both Burns and Reno De Ranieri, who oversees the operation, are alumni of the Link Restaurant Group, which is an indication they know what they’re doing. Costera Restaurant and Bar, 4938 Prytania St.,302-2332, Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 to 10, until 11 Friday-Sunday, costerarestaurant.com.
There’s a new entry in the category of “Mexican Restaurants opened by nationally-known chefs.” Otra Vez, a restaurant by chef Akhtar Nawab, joins Johnny Sanchez, which chef Aaron Sanchez opened with John Besh a few years ago. Otra Vez is something of an offshoot of Nawab’s Brooklyn restaurant Alta Calidad, and will include influences from his Indian heritage. Otra Vez, 1001 Julia St. Phone and hours to be announced.
The Kolache Kitchen
The Freret Street restaurant boom continues with the opening of The Kolache Kitchen, a mini-chain that got its start in Baton Rouge. Kolaches are an eastern European pastry stuffed with savory fillings such as sausage, ham, boudin, or sweet stuffings like or cheese. Empanadas and breakfast tacos are also options. The Kolache Kitchen, 4701 Freret St., 218-5341, Monday-Friday 6-4, Saturday and Sunday 7 to 3, kolachekitchenbr.com.