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The Heatmap, Habana Outpost & Apple Barrel News, More

Welcome to Eater Tastings, where Eater NOLA editor Gwendolyn Knapp shares the best restaurant and bar news of the week.

NOLA? More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater ask us: Where should I eat right now? Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap with Cane & Table and Noodle & Pie just added.

FRENCH QUARTER? The VCC has approved plans for the rather controversial Habana Outpost to take over the blighted gas station and two nearby buildings at 1040 Esplanade. Also, Eater interviews owner Sean Meenan, who makes his case for the restaurant.

MARIGNY? Rumors of Apple Barrel's potential closing spread like wildfire this week, but apparently the iconic Frenchmen dive will remain open under new management come November 1, with Adolfo Perez Palavicini of the upstairs Adolfo's running the place.

BYWATER? The Prime Grille has mysteriously shuttered at 3162 Dauphine, perhaps due to an owner's alleged cancer treatment, or maybe due to some questionable circumstances including a suspended liquor license.