Oft delayed eatery Ted Brennan's Decatur is still working diligently on its buildout. According to The Times-Picayune, the restaurant (initially slated to open in 2015) is now looking at a mid- to late-summer opening.
The owners, Teddy Brennan and Bridget Brennan Tyrell, are the children of Ted Brennan, who operated the original Brennan's on Royal Street. Several years ago, they lost the restaurant to foreclosure. Ralph Brennan and Terry White eventually purchased the building and naming rights, reopening Brennan's in 2014 after a multi-million dollar revamp.
Despite the loss of The Big Pink, Teddy and Bridget hope to revive the classic charm of the original restaurant. Like the old Brennan's, the new Decatur Street eatery will feature a Red Room and a Gold Room. The first floor has a long bar and the second floor is outfitted with dining rooms, space for private parties, and a glassed-in, temperature controlled wine case. The restaurant is also bringing back Brennan's longtime chef Lazone Randolph.
Many of the delays, says Bridget, are due to lack of funds. Banks have been careful to lend them money for the project following their bankruptcy. However, the owners are hopeful the restaurant will be up and running in July.