New Orleans isn't home to many, if any, restaurants that feature a no-tipping policy, but but Helen Freund reports that a new Marigny restaurant Anna's Gastropub is giving the industry's controversial and trending service model a go.
The gastropub, from Parisians Jean and Catherine Ringuin and partner Chris Jones, has just landed in the former Sukho Thai location (and shortlived Ichi Ramen House) with casual fare for brunch, lunch and dinner— French onion soup, kale salad, seared chicken breast with veggies— from chef Rod Burns, a former Cutthroat Kitchen finalist.
Servers here start out at $15/hour with benefits, but the price point is about the same for customers of other mid-range restaurants in New Orleans with menu options hovering around $10 to $25.
Thing is, this gastropub doesn't have booze yet, and while a liquor license has been applied for, all of its predecessors had a hard time attaining one and operated as BYOB. Freund suggests ordering a delicious creamy French soda in the meantime.
Hours: Wed-Thurs, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fri-Sun, open at 8 a.m. for brunch.
UPDATE 6/24: The official website of Anna's Gastropub currently states that the restaurant is closed until further notice due to an emergency.