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October 20, 2019
Chef Duke LoCicero opens Dab’s in Metairie
For almost three decades Chef Duke LoCicero could be found whipping up 4 star masterpieces at Cafe Giovanni in the French Quarter. His New World Italian cuisine – Creole-Italian – was defined by Southern Italian classics with a Louisiana flare. But then worsening business conditions, high-profile crime, and street construction drove him away. In 2017, Chef Duke closed his NOLA landmark.
Late this September, LoCicero surprised again when he opened a New Orleans bistro smack dab in Metairie. In a take from his legal name, Dabney Ewing LoCicero, his new restaurant is called Dab’s Bistro (3401 N. Hullen Street near Lakeside Mall).
Dab’s was created from love. Truth be told, Chef Duke just simply loves creative cooking. And Dab’s is nothing if not creative.
The building has housed several restaurants, the last being Cello’s, but Duke changed it all. He built a new kitchen, the biggest in which he’s ever worked. He hired local artists to decorate the comfortably modern interior. And, he brought many of his fine dining dishes from Giovnni’s, but with a small plate twist. This isn’t burgers and steaks. The menu includes Chef Duke’s classic meatballs, bolognese, an outstanding beef short rib. (But you can get a burger, too)
Dab’s has a clean, open look. The choice of light wood and moderate lighting creates a space where you’ll find comfortable whether in jeans or dressed to the nines. It’s a colorful place with a large bar and many small plate selections, perfect for light or “bar dining”. While its not a sports bar and surely doesn’t feel like one, Dab’s does sport a huge screen in one of its two dining rooms and another over the bar. Dab’s is a great place to take in a game, particularly if you’re hungry for fine food.
“Since opening we have seen a lot of great reviews of Chef Duke’s food and the people are loving it. They are really glad to have him back. Close the the mall and everything, Dab’s has something for everyone. And, he plans to be open for holiday dinners like Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Years Eve and more.” Said Michael Osterfeld, who handles publicity and marketing for Dab’s through The Osterfeld Agency. “I particularly love the Beef Short Ribs and the Meatball’s! – two of my favorites!”
Chef Duke says he hopes to extend Dab’s hours in the future, he’d like to go late night. “After 10 there really isn’t anything but burgers. In the French Quarter there is, but not in Metairie. I’d like to change that. I want to serve our most popular dinner dishes until 2 AM Thursday thru Sunday with a bar featuring bourbon and whiskeys.”
Born and raised here, Chef Duke is a Metairie celebrity of sorts. The New Orleans Chapter of the American Culinary Federation named him “Chef of the Year” (1999) and “Top 25 Chefs in New Louisiana” (2011). He was named “Best Executive Chef” by City Business (2008). The Louisiana Restaurant Association awarded him “Restaurateur of the Year (2004).
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