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Prime Grille Mysteriously Shutters in Bywater

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Several Eater tipsters report that Prime Grille, the rather cantankerous steakhouse at 3162 Dauphine that opened about a year ago in the former Bywater Barbecue space, has been shuttered for over a month now. Tipsters insist the owners Kevin Fruits and Matt Cummings have moved back to Indiana, and word on the street is a hot local restaurateur may have already signed a lease for the building. But the restaurant's voicemail claims that Prime Grille is closed indefinitely as the chef/owner undergoes "cancer treatment," with "hope to reopen soon."

The restaurant struggled to gain a following in the past year, amid at least one pretty bleh review, a smattering of you-cray Facebook drama indicating violence, a less than stellar relationship with the neighbors, and an alleged staff overhaul (erm, 'final cleansing?') in late spring. But wait, there's more drama unfolding...

Also of note, a tipster informs us that Prime Grille was actually operating with a suspended liquor license.
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However, the restaurant was still advertising "cheap drinks" in July. You can check their license online with the ATC right here, but search for Business name Prime Grill, as the final e is mysteriously absent.

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Prime Grille

3162 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

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