Back when the summer was just a pleasantly warm whisper in our ears, we heard that Hicham Kodr, the owner of Camellia Grill, was in the process of purchasing Mahony's Po Boy Shop from chef/owner Benjamin Wicks. Kodr insisted he wouldn't be making any changes to the menu, only to the service, and oh-by-the-way?he'd also be opening a second Mahony's in the French Quarter.
More than a month after news of this change in ownership, however, Todd A. Price reports that NOLA.com recently received a missive signed simply "Mahony's Management" confirming that the sale of the Uptown po'boy shop is no more. Email confirmation of the aborted sale comes after the restaurant posted this oddly-timed message to Twitter on May 24:
Please continue to support Mahony's as you always have. We've chosen not to sell. It's too important to us that what we've built stays great.
So can we say goodbye to all those proposed service ameliorations Kodr was going to make? Not if Twitter is the ultimate resource for the unvarnished truth (which it is, obviously); on the same day Mahony's tweeted its surprising about-face on the sale to Kodr, it also alluded to some vague service upgrades in the not-so-distant future:
We are going to continue to improve and grow. Plan is to decrease turnaround time w/out sacrificing the food quality you love. #fasterbetter.
Long lines have riled Mahony's patrons for a while now, so hopefully this recent change of ownership heart will help the people satisfy their raging po'boy hunger in a more timely manner.
Outside Mahony's. [Photo: Yelp/Erich Z.]