Nearly a decade later came Hurricane Katrina, and, along with many other great New Orleans restaurants, Dominique's was destroyed. Macquet packed up his knives and moved to Houston. Every time I went back to New Orleans, I missed Dominique's, but I was inspired by how the dining scene was rebounding. Now, six years after Katrina (and despite the population being 29 percent smaller), there are more restaurants here than ever before, and more creative cooking going on inside many of them (see link to "New and Notable in New Orleans" at the end of this article). The time was ripe for Macquet to return and reopen Dominique's, which he finally did late last year—this time, not in the French Quarter, but just beyond the Garden District in the Uptown neighborhood on Magazine Street, which has become a trendy restaurant row.