Well, talk about timing. Just hours after Eater reported on the shutter of Deanie's Restaurant in the Warehouse District (which, apparently, served its last lunch on February 29), there's already word that Steve Manning, long-time chef at uptown seafood restaurant Clancy's, is opening a new restaurant in the space at 1016 Annunciation. His new restaurant will be called?wait for it?Annunciation. At the new restaurant, Manning is going to focus on seafood, as he told Times-Pic food guy Brett Anderson:
“We’re going to emphasize New Orleans seafood, not so much fried and boiled but Creole seafood,” Manning said of Annunciation. “Kind of like Clancy’s, because of course that was my food for so long.”
Manning joins a pretty hefty stretch of the Warehouse District that includes Cochon, Cochon Butcher and Adolfo Garcia's A Mano. Annunciation should open this summer as a 60 seat restaurant open only for dinner.
Meanwhile, Brian Larson, stepson of owner Brad Hollingsworth, is taking over the kitchen at Clancy's. Hollingsworth tells Anderson that Larson "has been with the restaurant over 20 years and has been executive chef for extended periods. He and Steve have been sharing the responsibilities since Hurricane Katrina."