There is a really horrible rumor percolating in the Quarter and on the internets that iconic restaurant Tujague's on Decatur Street could be shuttering for good, reports Ian McNulty this week. As you may remember, Tujague's longtime owner and operator Steven Latter passed away last month at the age of 64. He'd operated the restaurant since 1982.
This morning, Eater received a rather disturbing email from a credible source with the subject line "Terrible News." The source claims Tujague's "is closing in about a month... The bar will become a fried chicken joint and the restaurant will become a T-shirt shop." Perhaps McNulty received the same email because he already reached out to Latter's son, Mark Latter, about the rumors of Tujague's shuttering and was told "that there 'are too many variables' to say anything definitive about the restaurant or its future, declining to elaborate further."
Tujague's is the second-oldest restaurant in New Orleans. It was opened in 1856 by Frenchman Guillaume Tujague. The building itself is steeped in a glorious culinary history, formerly housing the restaurant belonging to Madame Begue, the famous chef who is said to have invented brunch there.