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J'anita's reopens


 After closing J'Anita's kitchen inside the Rendon Inn, J'anita's proprietor Craig Giesecke said he was looking for another line of work, but he left the door open to reopneing the bar food operation somewhere else. It's taken two months for the next opportunity to walk through that door.   Giesecke and his wife Kimmie are now running the kitchen at the Blind Pelican (1628 St. Charles Ave., 558-9399), a newly revamped tavern in the Lower Garden District. This doesn't exactly signal the return of J'Anita's, though Giesecke plans to serve some of its greatest hits.   "This will not be another version of 'J'anita's at someplace,' but staples like the St. Chuck Duck, the Best Fish Sammich and a few others will certainly be on the menu," he says. "We'll start with a small menu and work our way into things. At this point, at least, I might be a little more seafoody than in the past. I'll also have the smoker out back, so the pulled pork and house-smoked cheeses will certainly be in the mix. The place also has a pizza oven, so that opens all kinds of possibilities."   Their plan was to start cooking at the Blind Pelican this past weekend and continue with lunch and dinner hours.   The Blind Pelican opened earlier this year at the address previously occupied by Samuel's. The new bar boasts 36 beers on tap, including a good selection of local and regional beers.

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