Domenica to Open Wednesday, Middendorf's to Reopen Original Hall

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The Besh Restaurant Group expects to open its latest restaurant, Domenica (123 Baronne St., 299-9777), in the Roosevelt Hotel this Wednesday, Sept. 2.

The restaurant's name means Sunday in Italian, and the place is being touted as a rustic, Italian-style eatery specializing in house-made pastas, cured meats and pizzas.

Alon Shaya, formerly chef de cuisine at Besh Steak in Harrah's Casino, is executive chef and partner with chef John Besh in the venture. It's located by the Baronne Street entrance of the hotel, which itself reopened in July with new ownership.

Meanwhile, this Wednesday also marks a milestone for a restaurant far across the waters on the west side of Lake Pontchartrain. That's the day Horst and Karen Pfeifer plan to reopen the original dining hall of Middendorf's, the Manchac seafood landmark which was badly damaged by the storm surge from Hurricane Ike last year. Repairs have been ongoing ever since while the restaurant continued to serve customers in its newer, adjacent dining hall and on its waterfront deck.

Middendorf's celebrates 75 years in business this month.

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