Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts (CCRC) continues its quest for restaurant domination with news that renovations have begun on a new Creole Italian seafood restaurant planned for the former Barreca’s restaurant in Metairie, according to a report by Ian McNulty. It will open this spring.
The new restaurant doesn’t have a name yet, but it will feature a menu of Creole Italian seafood dishes. Barreca’s, which opened in 1988 and never re-opened after Katrina, also served Creole Italian dishes. It turns out that David Barreca, the restaurant’s former proprietor, now works with Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts.
The 5,500 square foot restaurant will seat about 160. The parking lot will expand after the removal of several buildings.
Plans to open a Creole Italian seafood restaurant in this space have been in the works at Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts at least since October of 2016, when Ian McNulty first reported that the group had bought the Barreca’s property.
The restaurant group opened restaurants at a steady clip throughout 2017. Most recently, CCRC opened colorful Warehouse District mega-bar Flamingo A-Go-Go (December 1). It opened Gumbo Ya-Ya in Jax Brewery (October 17) just a month after it opened the affordable and unpretentious Mason Jar (September 26). That came just over a week after the opening of Royal Street gem Curio (September 18). In late April, CCRC opened the small plates lounge NOSH (April 27). In January, a new location of Bayou Burger brought tons of TV screens and a Gleason burger to Magazine Street.
And there are no plans to slow down. “We have several projects in production for 2018, we are looking forward to bringing a Seafood Creole-Italian menu to Metairie Road, and opening new concepts at both 301 and 540 Chartres Street. Our team is looking forward to a busy year,” CCRC CEO Marv Ammari told Eater today.
Eater first reported that CCRC may have a restaurant in the works at 301 Chartres in March 2017, when the construction docs were filed. The building was once the home of the Ursuline nuns.
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