(Nola/Times-Picayune) – On Thursday (Nov. 30), Mariza in Bywater announced that it would close on New Year’s Eve. The next day, chef Nina Compton and her husband, Larry Miller, confirmed they had bought the business and will open their second restaurant there in early February.
Miller and Compton live in the Rice Mill Lofts above the Mariza space.
No further details about the new restaurant are yet available.
Compton, a native of St. Lucia, moved to New Orleans from Miami after competing on the locally shot season of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” She placed second in the TV cooking competition and won the fan favorite award.
In the summer of 2015, Compton opened Compère Lapin in the Warehouse District. It was her first restaurant. Miller, who she met while working in Miami, manages the restaurant.
Compère Lapin artfully combines the many threads of Compton’s culinary biography, incorporating flavors from the Caribbean, Italy — she worked for celebrity Italian chef Scott Conant — and her new home of Louisiana.
Since opening Compère Lapin, Compton has accumulated numerous accolades, including a Best New Chef honor from Food & Wine magazine and a James Beard Award nomination.
In 2016, critic Brett Anderson of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune named Compère Lapin the restaurant of the year. It also made his list this year of New Orleans’ top 10 restaurants.