|The gutted former interior of Coco Louco. | Nancy Stiles|
On Friday we broke the news that Coco Louco Brasil closed September 30. Legally embattled chef Jorge Carvalho is barely out the door, but a new tenant is already hard at work on a brand-new restaurant, as we discovered during a visit to the Central West End.
Restaurateur Don Bailey had the keys turned over to him on October 1. Bailey and his team, including nineteen-year-old chef-in-training Maggie Ducey, have been working feverishly ever since to get the place cleaned up and transformed into a New Orleans-inspired bistro called Evangeline's New Orleans.
"I want to make it a neighborhood bar more or less -- sophisticated but not so upscale that you can't just come in and hang out and have fun," Bailey tells Gut Check. "I don't want to do anything that's too trendy. I've been in the business long enough to know that trendy food comes and goes. We're in the Midwest -- people like to drink beer and have fun."
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