Nina Compton, a runner-up in season 11 of Top Chef, which was filmed in New Orleans, announced the name of the restaurant she will open in the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery (535 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-527-5271; www.old77hotel.com). It will be called Compere Lapin (www.comperelapin.com), a patois French name for a trickster figure in Caribbean folk tales, roughly translated as "brother rabbit." Compton grew up in St. Lucia and attended culinary school at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.
The restaurant is expected to open in June. It will have an open kitchen and a raw bar. Sample menu items include conch croquettes with pickled pineapple tartar sauce, crispy pig ears with smoked aioli and pork cheeks over orecchiette with arugula. For dessert, banana zeppoles will be topped with salted rum caramel.