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Posted: Friday, 14 June 2013 6:41AM

Seafood restaurants returning to New Orleans' Lakefront

Area diners are about to have two new waterfront restaurants to enjoy on Lakeshore Drive.

Brisbi's Lakefront Restaurant & Bar and the Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar are the two new dining spots.

Erica Papillion, with the Louisiana Restaurant Association, says they're an exciting and welcome addition to the city's restaurant scene.

"We think this is a great opportunity for a renaissance, of sorts, for family dining back on the lakefront, which has kind of been missing since Hurricane Katrina."

There used to be quite a few seafood restaurants on the lakefront, but the storm took its toll.

The two newcomers will join the neighborhood that Landry's Seafood currently calls home.

Brisbi's has set up shop where the old Hong Kong Restaurant used to be, at 7400 Lakeshore Drive. The Blue Crab will be just a block away, at 7900 Lakeshore.

"I think that's a perfect place for a seafood restaurant," says Papillion. "You can't get any closer to the food that you want to prepare than on the lakefront."

She's hoping the renaissance will continue.

"I think we really need to move our focus back to the lakefront, because it's such a jewel of the city," Papillion says. "I think it's an under-utilized area for restaurants."

Brisbi's will have their grand opening this Sunday, Father's Day. The Blue Crab has not set a definite opening yet.

Both will be accessible by boat, on the New Basin Canal, overlooking the Orleans' Marina just off of Lake Pontchartrain.

And, of course, both will offer sunset views of the lake.

A refueling dock, boating supply and marine convenience store are also in the plans.

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