Restaurant news for Willa Jean, CellarDoor and Avo

July 31, 2015
By: Helen Freund , Gambit New Orleans

Willa Jean (611 O'Keefe Ave.; the new cafe and bakery from Besh Restaurant Group chefs Kelly Fields and Lisa White, opens Aug. 6 in the Paramount building in the Central Business District. 

The 80-seat restaurant will be open daily and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Fields, the executive pastry chef, named the restaurant after her grandmother. Fields and White, the bakery's pastry chef, are partnering with John Besh in the venture, having both worked at his restaurants Domenica and Pizza Domenica

The bakery will serve fresh baked bread, pastries, desserts, snacks, salads and sandwiches. Menu items include pigs in blanket with apricot mustard, fried chicken biscuits topped with pickled jalapeno relish and a grains and legumes salad dressed with almonds and vinaigrette. Also on the menu: Intelligentsia coffee, boozy slushies and tea-infused cocktails.