Mat & Nadie’s served its final meal on Tuesday night before turning out the lights on the longtime restaurant located where Freret meets the river, reports Ian McNulty. Chef and Owner Steve Schwartz will continue to operate the catering arm of his operation, Michael’s Catering, using the restaurant space for private events.
McNulty reports that no reason for the shutter was given, though “the news comes as New Orleans has seen a continuous increase in new restaurant openings, increasing pressure across the ranks.”
The restaurant, which opened in 1994, was celebrated for its “country retreat” feel along the city lines just across the street from the Mississippi River. It was praised for an approach that “mixed Creole and global flavors for high-end cuisine in a loose setting,” a move that was novel for a time. What made it even more special was that the casual setting was in 1800s-era Creole cottage that was once considered a tear-down “with local art and off-kilter angles” and “a large patio trimmed with Christmas lights.”
The original owners, Paula and Michael Schramel, left New Orleans in 2000 and now “run a seasonal restaurant called the Flying Melon on Ocracoke Island, part of North Carolina's Outer Banks.” The walls are decorated with old press clippings from Mat & Naddie’s.