Gabrielle restaurant opened its doors last week in its new home — twelve long years after Hurricane Katrina forced it to shutter. The restaurant is named for Gabrielle (Gabie) Sonnier, the owners Greg and Mary Sonnier’s eldest daughter. She was still a child when the restaurant closed in 2005. Now, she's managing the dining room.
“We’re so happy to be back serving New Orleans. Our first night went very well and it’s only going to get better,” Greg Sonnier told Eater NOLA.
The new spot, located in a space that used to house a Chinese restaurant and grocery, will feel both new and familiar to people who dined at the original Gabrielle. Greg and Mary Sonnier painted it the same blue and yellow as the original restaurant. They’ve also included a few of the original menu items, like the famous duck and the peppermint patty. There are also plenty of new dishes on the new menu.
The restaurant opening marks the second post-Katrina comeback of this year. Dunbar’s Creole Cuisine reopened its doors in a new location in April.
Gabrielle is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.