Emeril Lagasse opens his fourth restaurant in New Orleans, Meril, on Sept. 24. The restaurant at 424 Girod St. in the Warehouse District is a few blocks from the celebrity chef's flagship restaurant Emeril's (800 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-528-9393; www.emerilsrestaurants.com/emerils-new-orleans). The new restaurant is named after Lagasse's daughter.
The restaurant is described as a casual "neighborhood eatery" with a horseshoe bar, large dining area and open kitchen. A full menu has yet to be released, but the concept appears to include a number of international dishes inspired by the chef's travels, including pastas, wood oven-fired pizzas, pork rib tamales and Japanese robata-style grilled plates.
"I've always had the philosophy that you can never stop learning, especially in the kitchen," Lagasse said in a prepared statement. "There is always something new to uncover, whether it's an ingredient, a technique or a way of sharing food. As part of the constant desire to evolve, I wanted to create a space where I could develop my own spin on some of my favorite dishes that have inspired me, whether from traveling or cooking for friends and family at home."
Chef Will Avelar, who began working at Lagasse's restaurants in 2005 and most recently was executive sous chef at Emeril's Delmonico, will helm the restaurant as executive chef. Meril will be open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.