Galliano (200 Julia St., 504-302-2047; www.gallianorestaurant.com), a casual Cajun eatery from the team behind Restaurant Rebirth (857 Fulton St., 504-522-6863; www.restaurantrebirth.com), opens Tuesday, Dec. 13 in the Warehouse District.
The restaurant, which the owners are calling Rebirth's more "rustic, casual cousin," takes over the spot formerly occupied by chef Phillip Lopez's Root (www.rootnola.com), which moved to the Lower Garden District earlier this year.
Ricky Cheramie, who is from Galliano, Louisiana and is the executive chef at Rebirth, oversees kitchen operations. The menu focuses on casual interpretations of Cajun classics and features dishes such as popcorn shrimp Creole, smoked duck boudin and fried catfish. The fried swamp platter includes marinated and fried crawfish tails, alligator meat and frogs legs served with Texas toast and tartar sauce.
"It's all food that can be found in the Bayou Lafourche region," says general manager Richard Pinney. "We had been wanting to do something casual for a while, so when the Root spot opened up, we just jumped on it."
The menu also includes a list of oyster shooters and po-boys. The bar offers exclusively local draught beers, more than 40 wines by the glass and bottle and "Cajun-inspired" craft cocktails, Pinney says.
Galliano will serve lunch and dinner daily.