News for Restaurants in New Orleans
The era of the three-martini business lunch may be long gone, but chef Emeril Lagasse sees an opening for a fine dining lunch alternative anyway. Lagasse now opens his upscale Emeril's Delmonico for lunch on Fridays. The Friday luxury lunch is not new to New Orleans, since Galatoire's is known far and wide for the concept. Still, there are few if any Garden District or Uptown restaurants that make the Friday lunch an event to look forward to. Delmonico now offers some tasty temptations for lunch, including a veal Parmesan po' boy, a smoked pompano salad, and fried oysters bordelaise over spaghetti. There is also a prix-fixe, three-course menu that features a New Orleans favorite entrée, beef brisket daube. Insider's tip: The warm chocolate chip cookies with cold vanilla milk dessert will make your whole day. Emeril's Delmonico, 1300 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-525-4937.
Booty's Street Foods has begun to accept Bitcoin as payment for products and service. Bitcoin is a type of digital currency that has no central controlling agent, such as a bank or credit card company. Payments to businesses that accept Bitcoin can be made via a scan of the customer's smart phone. So far, Booty's is the only restaurant in New Orleans that has elected to accept Bitcoin. On the restaurant's website, the owners explain why they decided to make this move: "1) Credit card processing fees eat up a significant amount of our revenue each month and offering a lower-fee way to pay means that we can pass on our higher profitability to customers; 2) Alternatives to our current financial system are intriguing to explore, especially as we see ourselves as a community business serving our neighbors; and 3) We’re nerds and we’re proud of it." Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Booty's Street Food, 800 Louisia St., New Orleans, LA 70117, 504-266-2887.
The ongoing saga of the venerable Brennan's Restauarant continues in the French Quarter. A quick recap: After doing business for more than six decades, Brennan's closed last year amidst family squabbles over ownership and control. Ralph Brennan (from another side of the family) bought the restaurant with a business partner and set about to reopen it. While the legal wranglings continue between previous owners, brothers Ted and Pip Brennan, the latest news is that renovations are well underway and the restaurant may reopen as early as this Spring. No chef or staff has been hired yet, and the concept and menu plans have not been revealed. The restaurant will most likely not be named "Brennan's," since the name is owned by Ted and Pip Brennan. Also unknown: Whether the tradition of "Breakfast at Brennan's" will be resurrected. Brennan's Restaurant, 417 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-525-9711.
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