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Dustin Brien to helm Public Service at NOPSI Hotel

The boutique hotel opens in July



Chef Dustin Brien pictured will helm the kitchen at Public Service when the new restaurant opens next month inside the NOPSI Hotel (317 Baronne St.).

  The luxury boutique hotel opens July 6 in the historic building that once was the headquarters for New Orleans Public Service Inc., the city's public utility and streetcar operator.

  Brien was executive chef at Salu before the Magazine Street Mediterranean restaurant shuttered last year. The menu at Public Service will follow a farm-to-table model and will pay homage to the "Gulf Coast's hardworking fishermen and farmers," according to a news release from the restaurant.

  The menu still is in development, but will have plenty of seafood and hand-tossed flatbreads. The restaurant's interior will feature exposed brick walls and a chef's counter overlooking an open kitchen. There's also a raw bar and an exposed flame rotisserie.

  Public Service will anchor the hotel's restaurant operations, but an abbreviated food and drink menu also will be available at a lobby bar and patio cafe, as well as the rooftop pool and lounge called Above the Grid.

  Public Service will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and brunch on weekends.

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