by Ian McNulty
The owners of the Byblos Middle-Eastern restaurants plan to open a new seafood restaurant on Magazine Street this fall in the space previously occupied by Semolina's Bistro Italia.
Restaurateur Hicham Khodr and his partners in 3 of a Kind Restaurant Group took over the prominent corner spot at 3226 Magazine St., just a few doors down from their Uptown Byblos location. Semolina's Bistro Italia closed last month after about three years in business.
Khodr says the new venture, tentatively called Catch, will be a neighborhood seafood restaurant serving seasonal boiled Louisiana seafood along with a full, casual seafood menu. He predicts it will be ready to open in October.
Semolina's Bistro Italia was a slightly more upscale spin-off of Semolina, the pasta-centric restaurant chain created by the local restaurant management group the Taste Buds. The same New Orleans-based group runs the Zea Rotisserie & Grill chain.