New Arabi bar Pirogue's Whiskey Bayou (6940 St. Claude Ave., 504-676-3357) held its official grand opening party May 14.
Muriel Altikriti, Lisa McCracken and Kelly Sheeran — longtime Bywater bartenders who worked at Markey's Bar and BJ's — opened it in late February.
"The three of us have been looking for a bar (to open) for years," Altikriti says. "What we noticed at Markey's was that a lot of our regulars were moving to Holy Cross and Arabi, so we started looking down here and eventually found this place. There's a lot of great stuff happening down here right now."
The bar, which sits in the former Perino's Bar and Seafood spot, and its connecting pop-up Rear Window (www.facebook.com/therearwindow504), opened just before Kitchen Table Cafe (7005 St. Claude Ave., 504-301-2285; www.kitchentablecafe.com), which took over the former Old Arabi Eats location across the street in March.
Rear Window is run by Matt Hayashi and Amie Marvel, who formally ran the pop-up Four Calendar Cafe at Faubourg Wines (2805 St. Claude Ave., 504-342-2217; www.faubourgwines.com). Their current menu includes elevated bar snacks such as duck liver toast with pepper jelly, Little Gem salad with grilled chicken thigh and anchovy dressing and crawfish poutine, among other items. A weekday lunch special features smoked meats — sausage, chicken or brisket — and accompanying sides like mashed potatoes, red beans and rice and potato casserole.