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acquired its official home at its current location in 1922. Today it operates as a professional union theatre, offering a combination of musicals, comedies and American classics in addition to special events, entertainers, concerts and film screenings. “Because we’re located in such an iconic and treasured corner of the French Quarter, we strive to provide events and activities that appeal to the wide and diverse populations that visit us, whether residents, tourists or students,” says General Manager Ashley Robison. To that end, the theater welcomes the students of Lusher High School as they present their spring cabaret (April 10-11), the French Quarter Festival’s annual film festival (April 14-15) and, in May, David Javerbaum’s Broadway smash comedy, An Act of God, starring Bryan Batt. History buffs and arts seekers aren’t the only people to find solace in the French Quarter. Foodies satisfy their appetites in the

neighborhood as well with a veritable treasure trove of restaurants. “We like to say we’re located in the lively ‘gateway’ to the French Quarter, and we’re often credited with revitalizing the once sleepy block. But we continue to provide a welcome oasis from the Bourbon Street mayhem,” says Executive Chef Austin Kirzner of Red Fish Grill. Opened in 1997, the restaurant is located on the first block of Bourbon Street and serves up fresh Gulf seafood. A fan favorite at Red Fish Grill is the signature BBQ Oysters, which are flash fried and tossed in a Crystal BBQ sauce. At French Quarter Festival, the restaurant will be serving the signature oysters up on their BBQ Oyster Po’ Boy. “In terms of new items, the Crawfish and Fried Green Tomatoes that will be offered this spring is sure to impress,” says Austin. Another casual French Quarter eatery is Emeril’s NOLA, a recently renovated three-story restaurant featuring an open-action kitchen,

chef’s food bar, signature wood-fired brick oven and private event space. Weather permitting, the restaurant hopes to begin opening its balcony for happy hour this season. At NOLA, Chef de Cuisine Philip Buccieri works with chef Emeril and the team to feature rustic Louisiana cooking with local ingredients. According to Buccieri, fan favorites of late are a few newer additions, such as hot Frog Legs, Miso Cobia Lettuce Bundles, Wild Boar Pizza from the wood burning oven and NOLA’s Steamed Artichoke, stuffed with fresh whole wheat spaghetti, crabmeat and Cajun caviar. “We look forward to welcoming French Quarter Fest revelers in for a bite, beverage or both. It’s a beautiful time of year to take in the French Quarter. I’m also thrilled to be part of this year’s Jazz Fest (April 27-May 6) programming and conducting a cooking demo in the Cajun Cabin,” says Buccieri. Hospitality is part of what New Orleans does best, and when you tack on the word

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St. Charles Avenue April 2018  

St. Charles Avenue April 2018