Jeff Baron and Bart Bell have opened their new restaurant Crescent Pie & Sausage Co. (4400 Banks St., 482-2426) next to their Mid-City breakfast and lunch joint Huevos (4408 Bank St., 482-6264).
Plans for the restaurant suffered a most dramatic delay last year when Hurricane Gustav blew down the dilapidated, one-time appliance repair shop Baron and Bell were renovating for their new restaurant. Instead, they built a new structure, complete with wrap-around deck, where they're now serving a causal menu of gourmet pizzas and dishes drawing heavily on Bell's house-made sausages.
Some dishes here may already be familiar to some thanks to the owners' frequent cooking appearances at festivals and other local events. Baron also owns the Dough Bowl (1039 Broadway, 861-2200 ), a pizza parlor practically on the Tulane campus, though the pizza style at Crescent Pie & Sausage is quite different. The Mediterranean pizza, for instance, has lamb sausage, baba ghanoush and mint crema.
Crescent Pie & Sausage is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday, and the owners plan to add lunch hours soon.