Batture restaurant will open in the spot that was the longtime home of O’Henry’s in the next week or two, according to a representative from the restaurant. The interior of the restaurant has not changed much, with a small bar on the bottom floor, open kitchen at the rear of the first floor, and balcony seating outside.
O’Henry’s, which occupied the space for decades, closed both of its locations in mid-December 2016. Henry Rosenblat, who opened the first O’Henry’s in 1982, sold it in 2008.
Batture’s menu revolves around Louisiana classics like both boiled and fried seafood, seafood gumbo, turtle soup, shrimp remoulade, barbecue shrimp, and crawfish étouffée. The chef at the new restaurant previously worked at Andrea’s in Metairie and the Italian influence is evident in other dishes.
There’s a cioppino Creole that mixes Gulf shrimp, crawfish, and Louisiana oysters in with scallops, squid, and mussels in a tomato broth. The chicken Tuscany is a roasted, half chicken that gets topped with Kalamata olives, garlic, rosemary, and olive oil. A Louisiana shrimp Alfredo gets “Cajun seasoning,” and chicken Milanese makes an appearance on the menu. Salads range from shrimp remoulade to “anti-pasta” Italian salad.
The appetizer section has a wider variety of influences. Fried calamari, caprese, ceviche, crawfish potato gratin, salmon mousse, and a tuna Batture with ahi tuna, seaweed salad, and Sriracha aioli all share menu space.
A dedicated lunch menu has poboys, a fried oyster BLT, a burger, and entrees like chicken cordon bleu, chicken parmesan, red beans and rice, and catfish Acadian with brandy crawfish cream sauce.
There’s a short and manageable wine list, as well as a few special cocktails, like a sazerac and a street car (rum, satsuma liquor, lemon juice, simple syrup).
Apps run from $8.95 to $12.95. The most expensive entree is a $27.95 8-ounce steak, but most entrees are in the $16-17 range. Lunch prices are less.
The restaurant will generally open at 11 a.m. Closing time has not yet been set.
UPDATE: Batture restaurant has opened.