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New Orleans restaurant news for Emeril Lagasse’s new restaurant and Lakeview coffee shop NOLA Bean

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• Will Avelar has been named Chef de Cuisine of Meril (424 Girod St.), the fourth local restaurant from chef Emeril Lagasse. Meril is also the name of Lagasse's youngest daughter. Avelar has worked for Lagasse restaurants in New Orleans since 2005, most recently as a sous chef at Emeril's Delmonico. It is expected to open later this year.

• The Lakeview coffee shop NOLA Bean (762 Harrison Ave., 504-267-0783; www.nolabeans.com) expects to offer beer, wine and brunch cocktails by April 1.

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