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Bywater's Cafe Henri closes

Restaurant owners hope to open at a different location



Bywater restaurant Cafe Henri (800 Louisa St.) will close, co-owner Neal Bodenheimer announced July 25 on the restaurant's Facebook page.

  The Cure & Co. team launched the restaurant as a family-friendly neighborhood joint with chef Jason Klutts at the helm a year ago. But after weathering a particularly slow summer last year, the owners shifted course, introducing a more upscale cocktail and wine selection and hiring Chicago chef Alfredo Nogueira, who revamped the menu.

  "While Bywater felt a lot like Freret Street and Lower Decatur, we did not fully appreciate the forces at play," the statement read. "It's easy to feel the romance of a neighborhood on the rise. Yet, each locale comes with its own learning curve. Finding out who your guests are and what they want takes time. ... The loss of film business in New Orleans has been a major blow to restaurants and bars. In the end, we failed to fully understand the dynamics of an evolving neighborhood shaped in part by the short-term rental market as well as by the loss of Hollywood South."

  The owners say they hope to find a home for the restaurant in another location.

  In May, Oxalis, which was across the street from Cafe Henri, shuttered.

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