By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Sep 01, 2005 at 5:15 AM

{image1} Andy Tenaglia, the former executive chef for Miller Park, opened his own restaurant in New Berlin Monday with his wife, Mina.

Lagniappe Brasserie, 17001 W. Greenfield Ave., specializes in what Mina Tenaglia calls "French with a twist," and offers eclectic, continental fare.

According to Mina, the interesting name references a southern hospitality term that evokes the idea of the owner giving a little something extra to his customers.

As head chef, Andy Tenaglia offers his customers pleasant culinary surprises. "We're not really going to have a staple menu," says Mina. "It's going to change regularly to stay fresh and seasonal."

The restaurant features a variety of meats, poultry, seafood and, according to the owners, can also accommodate vegetarians.

"It has sort of always been Andy's goal to do this," says Mina. "It was just the right time and the right place to make it happen."

Lagniappe Brasserie is open for lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m., and serves dinner Monday through Saturday, 5-9 p.m. The phone number is (262) 782-7530.

Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”