In his work as a travel journalist, Nick Vivion often found himself holding his notebook or camera in one hand and some fascinating bit of street food in the other. Cravings for those snacks and flavors helped inspire the menu at Booty’s Street Food, the restaurant he and partner Kevin Farrell plan to open this Friday evening in the Bywater.
Their chef, Greg Fonseca, has come up with a menu of small plates bringing in these diverse international influences. The theme continues at the bar with cocktails and other drinks inspired by flavors from around the world.
Booty’s is opening in what had been a video rental store, now extensively renovated with recycled woods, pressed tin and a contemporary design. It joins a burgeoning new cluster of restaurants within a few blocks of each other in the Bywater, including Satsuma Café, Maurepas Foods, Suis Generis, Prime Grille and Pizza Delicious.
Vivion and Farrell moved to New Orleans from Seattle earlier this year. They also run a gay-themed news and culture Web site called Unicorn Booty, which partially explains their restaurant’s name. Their global menu is also part of it.
“It’s tied to the pirate history of New Orleans. Our food comes from all over the world, just like pirate booty,” says Vivion.
Booty’s will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. In the mornings, the restaurant will feature baked goods from Shake Sugary, a nearby bakery that is normally open only on weekends. The regular Booty’s menu begins at 11 a.m. on weekdays, while on weekends a brunch service begins at 9 a.m.
Booty’s Street Food
800 Louisa St., 266-2887