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It Was Truly a DoomsMay for NOLA Restaurants

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A fair number of spots shut their doors this month.

The Irish House is one of NOLA’s May casualties.
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Does it seem like a lot of NOLA spots have been closing in the fair month of May? It’s true and they have — May has not been kind to New Orleans restaurants. By the Eater NOLA count, there have been at least seven major closings in the city in the month of May.

Early May saw the news of Noodle & Pie’s closing — it shut its doors for good in mid-May. The rest of the month saw the announced La Casita, The Irish House (from acclaimed chef Matt Murphy), Charcoal’s, Three Muses Maple, and Oxalis. Central City gem Primitivo — anchored by a giant hearth and cavemen sensibilities shaping the menu — closed in mid-May, too. Of course, there was the almost closing of Mizado, which seems to have been kept open by overwhelming support from patrons.

Eater NOLA tracked just two closings in March and only three in April.

Is there a NOLA restaurant bubble that’s finally bursting, or are these spots just happening to not work out? Whatever the reason, a whole mess of restaurateurs have figured that they couldn’t make it through the NOLA summer doldrums. Pour out a Pat O’Brien’s hurricane for all our spring departed.

Did we miss any closings? Let us know in the comments.

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