The upcoming and still-unnamed Metairie restaurant from Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts will takeover the shockingly-shuttered 34-year-old beloved chain eatery Houston's on Vets this fall, and the group has just announced a new partner in the venture, former Houston's GM Robert Hardie. Todd Price reports that Hardie is a 26-year vet of Houston's Metairie and St. Charles Avenue locations, and will act as GM at the new restaurant, as well as being a co-owner along with Creole Cuisine owners/the brothers Ammari and investor Todd Trosclair.
Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, you may recall, operates 10+ daiq shops and high end eateries in the Quarter including Kingfish, Bombay Club, and Broussard's, which they spent over $1million renovating back in 2013. The upcoming Metairie-based spot is only undergoing light renovations as Zeid Ammari notes "we're not going to recreate the wheel here."
As for the concept, the restaurant will be an American bistro—similar to Houston's— and what they're "hoping to deliver is what everyone wants and likes"—which, judging by the disbelief, outcry and lamenting over Houston's abrupt closure this summer, likely means more French dips, spinach dip, and Caesar salads are on the way. No chef has been named yet. Also sounds like a late October/early November opening is planned.