Along Freret Street, two more restaurants have recently joined the resurgent Uptown corridor's new restaurant row. The latest is Midway (4725 Freret St., 322-2815, www.midwaypizzanola.com), a Chicago-style deep dish pizza restaurant which opened Sept. 2. The guys behind Midway are Ben Sherman and Steve Watson, who also run the King Pin Bar. Midway will serve lunch and dinner and late-night (until at least midnight) every day. Watson says the restaurant is serving a limited menu for now with just pizzas and salads, and its bar is open and ready.
Local foodies likely know by now that the other new Freret addition, just one block down, is the Company Burger (4600 Freret St., 267-0320, www.thecompanyburger.com). This stylish new burger joint is the work of Adam Biderman, a New Orleans native who recently moved back home after a culinary career in Atlanta where he was a chef at the widely-acclaimed Holeman & Finch Public House. At the Company Burger, which he opened in mid-August, he's replicating a specialty burger that attained cult status at Holeman & Finch.
It's worth noting that the Company Burger is in a building that used to house a Wagner's Meat (as in "You can't beat ..."), which seems appropriate enough, and also a fitness center and a yoga studio, which is just plain hilarious.
So even as the weather comes down, things are still perking up along Freret. In our cover story last month on Freret Street's emerging restaurant row ("The Rebirth of Freret Street," Aug. 9, 2011), we included a "Freret by the numbers" sidebar. Looks like it's already time for an update, so here goes: 10 new bars and restaurants since 2009; five so far in 2011; two more announced with plans to open later in 2011 (a Japanese restaurant called Origami and a bar and music venue called Publiq House). — McNulty