Shahrazad Cafe (4739 Magazine St., 504-571-5003), a new Mediterranean restaurant, is now open in Uptown.
For nearly two years, the cor- ner building with orange trim across the street from Le Bon Temps Roule and Tal's Hummus sat empty. Restaurant owner Jamal Ismail took over the pro- perty (formerly home to barbershop and salon Sade's Amour) in 2015. He says permit issues delayed the opening.
The restaurant serves a selection of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes, including tabbouleh salads, hummus with fried cauliflower, chicken shawarma and gyro sandwiches, falafel, char-broiled lamb chops and chicken and beef kebabs. There also is a Philly cheesesteak sandwich, a chicken nuggets kid's plate, and a Magazine burger topped with grilled onions, jalapenos, mushrooms and cheese.
Ismail, who is Palestinian, says the restaurant will not sell alcohol but might add a hookah component at some point, pointing to the adjacent patio that overlooks Magazine Street. Guests may bring their own alcohol at no additional charge, Ismail says. Nonalcoholic drinks include Bavarian apple soda, Lebanese tea, Turkish coffee and a selection of soft drinks.
The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.