Antoine's Restaurant (725 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www.antoines.com) has transformed one of its dining rooms into the Hermes Bar, where patrons can order from Antoine's regular menu or a bar menu. Items include oysters Foch po-boys, based on the restaurant's classic dish of fried oysters with foie gras. The grand opening party is from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Putting the Bar in Barbecue
J'Anita's closed its doors last month, but proprietors Craig and Kim Giesecke quickly announced a plan to offer a limited version of their menu at the Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 586-9243; www.avenuepub.com). J'Anita's at the Avenue serves items like brisket, pulled pork, guacamole and an excellent redfish sandwich at the bar daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
We Need a Bigger Boat
Some long-gone lakefront restaurants were known for their seafood boats, made by filling an entire loaf of bread with fried shrimp, oysters and fish. Pete's Place (125 Camp St., 587-7740; www.peteseafood.com) has a newfangled tribute to that tradition, loading plastic toy pirogues with seafood, french fries and buttered bread. The casual restaurant also serves seafood, salads and po-boys.