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Buttermilk and Bourbon brings Bourbon Street to Back Bay (PHOTOS)

The new Jason Santos' concept explores the music, style and ample cocktail culture of New Orleans.

Chef Jason Santos debuted his new New Orleans-themed concept in Back Bay with the grand opening of Buttermilk & Bourbon at 160 Commonwealth Ave. The newest restaurant in Santos' roster (he also helms the Theatre District's Abby Lane) features NOLA-inspired grub — think beignets, BBQ shrimp and oysters on the half-shell — and individual dining and lounging rooms named for famed districts and neighborhoods — think: the Garden District and the French Quarter.

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The Hurricanes on-tap and frozen melon-flavored Grenades were free flowing on Tuesday night's party, with Santos' guests breaking in the new space with live tarot readings in the Voodoo Lounge and freshly shucked oysters on ice.

The Southern-style eatery takes the place of Back Bay tapas staple, BarLola, and sits on the corner of Commonwealth and Dartmouth, close to Kathy Sidell's tinned seafood hot spot Saltie Girl and the always popular and newly reopened, Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar.

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