Sad news this week, with Ian McNulty reporting that longtime New Orleans restaurateur Joe Segreto has passed away at age 75 while battling cancer. Segreto, a New Orleans native, was born into a family that ran clubs and restaurants in the French Quarter, and had an incredible career.
In his teens he worked at Brennan's, then moved on to working as a maitre d' at long lost restaurants Elmwood Plantation and Maison Pierre. He went to Vegas and tended bar at the Sahara Club. He also spent ten years as musician Louis Prima's manager, before returning to New Orleans in the 1970s to transform Broussard's into a celebrity hotspot.
Segreto's latest restaurant was the popular LGD eatery Eleven 79—the Brett Anderson-approved "ultimate New Orleans-style Italian restaurant"— which he reluctantly shuttered in late April in the wake of declining health and an onslaught of new restaurants opening around town.