1011 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Status: Officially Opens Friday, August 30
French Quarter fixture Cafe Sbisa, established in 1899, is reopening tomorrow under new ownership on Decatur. Ian McNulty reports that after mostly remaining shuttered since Katrina (with a shortlived resurrection in 2008) this time around, local restaurateur Bob Barton has taken over the historical property? a former ship-chandlery dating back to the 1820's? and has been busy working to revive the restaurant. GM Brian Halley tells McNulty that Sbisa "will offer its first meals over the weekend," just in time for Decadence foot traffic.
As per the type of meals they'll serve, the food at this stage of the game is a mix of "Creole, Southern and French bistro classics." No word on who the chef is yet.
As for the look, McNulty writes "The latest edition of Café Sbisa looks very much the way patrons of the pre-Katrina restaurant will remember it" with three stories of casual-chic and rather traditional dining rooms, balcony views of Decatur, and the beloved George Dureau painting still hanging in the main dining room.
Cafe Sbisa also has a full bar, and will host live piano music and jazz brunch.
Hours: Unknown, other than lunch and dinner, Wednesday-Saturday. All-day brunch on Sunday.