Thursday, July 12, 2018 — Since opening in March 2018, James Beard “Best Chef: South” Nina Compton and Chef/Partner Levi Raines, have been earning rave reviews for their fresh, approachable cuisine at Bywater American Bistro (BABs) in New Orleans’ Bywater neighborhood. On Sunday, July 15th, the ingredient-driven eatery, also known for its exceptional bar program under the direction of Head Bartender Crystal Pavlas, will welcome Hadi Ktiri for a guest bartender takeover from 8PM-10PM.

The new monthly bar takeover series kicks off this Sunday, July 15th. For one night only, cocktail enthusiasts can indulge in summer-inspired libations by the talented Hadi Ktiri, previously of Arnaud’s French 75, and veteran mixologist Crystal Pavlas of Bywater American Bistro. Imbibers can enjoy cocktails crafted with Barbados Rum, aged Jamaican Rum, Cognac, Amontillado sherry wine and more. Drinks will highlight fresh summer ingredients like coconut, peaches, cantaloupe and strawberries.

Bywater American Bistro is located in the Rice Mill Lofts at 2900 Chartres Street in New Orleans’ Bywater district. The restaurant serves dinner, Wednesday – Sunday with seating from 5PM – 10PM and brunch, Saturdays and Sundays with seating from 10:30AM – 2PM. Happy Hour is available at the bar, Wednesday – Sunday, 5PM – 6PM. For additional information and reservations, please visit or call (504) 605-3827.

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About Chef Nina Compton: James Beard "Best Chef: South"  Nina Compton is Chef/Owner of New Orleans’ gastronomic gem, Compère Lapin, along with her newest restaurant concept, Bywater American Bistro (BABs), which opened Spring 2018. Compère Lapin has garnered multiple accolades since opening in 2015 – both nationally and locally – for Nina’s one-of-a-kind Caribbean-inspired Louisiana cuisine, including Eater National’s “Best Restaurants in America 2017”. The talented toque has been named one of Food & Wine magazine’s "Best New Chefs 2017", and is the culinary ambassador of St. Lucia, where she was born and raised. Formerly of the critically acclaimed Scarpetta at Fontainebleau Miami Beach – where Compton worked under celeb chef/restaurateur Scott Conant – the rising star chef fell in love with the Crescent City while filming Top Chef New Orleans where she was runner up and fan favorite. Compton was lured to New Orleans when an opportunity with Provenance Hotels presented itself, and her journey as a renowned restaurateur has since taken off.


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