Feelings Cafe will reopen under new ownership this Saturday, January 31, Ian McNulty reports. The Marigny restaurant—a romantic-favorite known for its sultry courtyard and small dining space upstairs once housing Bhava and before that, Sentiments—was purchased by Tony Marino, a lawyer and former operator of Quarter haunt Trio's (in the late 1970s), last year after the restaurant shockingly went up for sale. Marino plans to reopen Feelings "in phases" with the first phase including drinks and small plates available in the bar and patio area. There are also tables available for reservation via a parade package deal (for Krewe du Vieux) in the dining room.
Small plates will be the name of the game until the end of February, with dinner and brunch to follow. While some of Feeling's signature dishes may be on the menu, mainly Marino says "It will be a different restaurant." And with that, expect some major changes, like these: The upstairs will now be used for private functions and parties, rather than housing pop ups/other businesses, and there will potentially be a restaurant name change down the line, though the bar will still apparently be known as Feelings. No word on the opening chef at this time.