This is no April Fool's joke, y'all: Tujague's is in the New York Times today. Stanford Latter, owner of the historic restaurant's building aka the guy who is driving many a New Orleanian insane right now, is very close to making a decision on the future of "Too-jacks." Whether that means he's selling the iconic location to t-shirt/fried chicken peddler Mike Motwani, superchef John Besh, or some other baller, is still unknown, but... per the Times:
Things may be looking up for the restaurant, however. In a telephone interview on Sunday, Mark Latter said he had received "multiple offers to do a joint venture, to buy the building and business...." Any sale would most likely have to meet Stanford Latter's asking price, which has been reported as more than $5 million. Still, Mark Latter thought a deal might be sealed by this week's end.
The Times-Pic's restaurant critic on Harvardcation Brett Anderson also makes an appearance in the article with a few choice words about Tujague's future: "If someone preserved it as a boutique antique, that itself would be kind of tragic. But a T-shirt shop would be such a grotesque example of commercial nitwit-itude, it boggles the mind. You can open a T-shirt shop in a metal can. You don't need a historic location."
The restaurant has been swarming with people attempting to have what could very well be a 'last meal' at the French Quarter institution, whose fate has been unknown since owner Steven Latter passed away in February.
· Rescue Effort for Tujague's, a New Orleans Mainstay [NYTimes]
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