On Friday, the Times-Pic reported that Brennan's, that famed gustatory pantheon in the French Quarter, would be hitting the auction block on Dec. 13, thanks to a petition filed in Orleans Parish Civil District Court by a company called Leggo/4, which bought up Brennan's three unpaid mortgages from First NBC Bank in April, and is now suing the restaurant for the $4.1 million debt it's failed to pay. Meanwhile, Brennan family attorney Bridget Brennan Tyrrell assured the public (through a spokesperson) that efforts were being made to stop the property from going up for auction.
That bit of restaurant gossip was juicy enough, but, early Saturday evening, the Times-Pic's Susan Langenhennig added another morsel of information to the saga of Brennan's apparent unraveling: Leggo/4 is owned in part by local investor Harold Hunter "Terry" White, whose name, according to Langenhennig, has been attached to another prominent French Quarter restaurant:
This is not the first time White's name has come up in news related to a prominent New Orleans restaurant. In 2009, former New Orleans mayoral candidate and Jefferson Parish businessman John Georges led a group of investors to acquire a majority share of Galatoire's in New Orleans and Galatoire's Bistro in Baton Rouge.
White's daughter, Jane Yvonne White, also reigned as the Queen of Carnival in 2011, so there's that bit of high-society gossip to add to your Monday morning water cooler repertoire as well.
· More information emerges about Brennan's restaurant troubles [Times-Pic]
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Interior at Brennan's. [Photo: Official Site]