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Avondale neighborhood favorite Marie Laveau's will be shutting down in the next month for acuisine1.jpg facelift and drastic new concept as, of all things, an "Americanized" sushi bar. Proprietors Jen and Michael Kulick will stop serving dinner this weekend, but will continue with breakfast, lunch, and brunch until June 2 when they'll shut the doors for about a month to retool the space into the Uni Bar — a noodle and sushi bar concept, where the focus will be on premium sake, a make-your-own noodle dish menu (pick a noodle, sauce, veggie, and protein), and an Americanized twist on sushi (think buffalo fried chicken roll). "We're not going to try and compete with the established sushi bars in town," says Jen. "It's an Americanized version. We'll have some traditional sushi, but we're gonna have fun with it."

Uni Bar will not only be a place for creative sushi, however. They also envision a destination for premium sakes and martinis, too. "It will be a lot like Voodoo Lounge in feel," she promises, referring to the tiki-themed bar the Kulicks own a few doors down from Marie's. Jen says that while Marie's had great food and a good product, the food costs were too hard to keep up with, especially without a bar to help bring in some cash. The Uni Bar will solve that issue and will serve lunch, dinner, and a late night menu until 1 a.m. Look for it this July, and in the meantime, get over to Marie's for one last Duck Club before it goes the way of New Orleans.

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