Update: Todd Price's crack reporting seems to have shaken loose some results, with the state Department of Revenue saying that they sent the necessary paperwork on February 23. The ATC has granted a temporary permit of 30 days while the issue is reviewed, and everyone shakes their fists at the New Orleans post office.
Bourrée, the highly-anticipated upcoming wing and daiquiri shop from Boucherie chef Nathaniel Zimet and partner/manager James Denio, has been stalled indefinitely by the State Department of Revenue, Todd Price reports this week. Apparently, the duo have been waiting on a business and sales tax certificate since February—their calls of inquiry left unreturned—and they need the certificate before Alcohol and Tobacco Control can come inspect the restaurant. No inspection means no daiqs, no wings, no opening.
Price also reveals that Zimet and Denio had originally planned to open Boucherie in the soon-to-shutter Cafe Nino space, but it stayed open longer than expected (thus Boucherie moved into the former home of Cafe Granada), but their dreams of nabbing the Cafe Nino space are still in tact:
Denio and Zimet will take over the lease on the Cafe Nino space starting June 1. Eventually, that spot will be the permanent home for Bourrée, which then will be as much a Cajun-style meat market as a wings and daiquiri shop. The Jeannette Street building will be used for private events and as a catering kitchen.
Sounds like a great plan, though Denio tells The Times-Pic that if Bourrée doesn't open soon, "we're in jeopardy of having to close," and that the money they're losing is "going to affect us opening at Nino's" as well.