Joel Dondis, co-owner of Sucre, tells Eater that the sweet shop is expanding to the quarter in early 2014. The Sucre team plans to move into 622 Conti, a two-story building that will house a retail store on the bottom and the Sucre Salon on the top floor. Salon will pretty much be a restaurant with savory items, but a BIG focus will be on co-owner/pastry chef extraordinaire Tariq Hannah's made-to-order desserts. There will be also be a full bar.
"All along one of the ultimate goals of Sucre has been to let Tariq showcase his talents like a chef in a restaurant," says Dondis, and now his partner in crime will be able to do just that. Table-side preparation is in store, so let's hope that includes fire, booze and more fire and booze.
Unlike Sucre's Magazine and Metairie locations, the Quarter's retail shop and Salon will both have a new (and secret) never-seen-before color palette, which will play off the mid-century/modern French design. There's also a balcony that's currently in the process of being raised, and overlooks the Supreme Court building.
Dondis expects to add 30 new employees to their team of about 70, and the project should be completed in Spring, so expect a big opening around March 2014. "We want to go beyond food service in a retail format," he says, "So the emphasis will really be on table side service, and taking Tariq's desserts to another level."