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Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts to Buy Up Historic Ernst Cafe

The family-run restaurant will make the switch in 2019

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Restaurant group Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts (CCRC) continues to make substantial expansions around New Orleans — its newest acquisition is set to be 116-year-old S Peters Street institution Ernst Cafe.

According to, the Tortorich family, who currently own and operate the restaurant and bar, will hand it over to the fast-growing group in early 2019.

Ernst was founded by a trio of brothers — John, William and Charles Ernst — in 1902, and while ownership has changed over its century in business, it has been family run. No reason for the current owners’ decision to sell has been given as yet.

It will join Creole Cuisine’s stable of 18 restaurants and bars (and counting), which includes Broussard’s, Tommy’s, and Kingfish, and a host of more casual establishments like mega-bar Flamingo A-Go-Go. In 2017, CCRC opened at least six restaurants, and appears to still be planning a Creole-Italian restaurant in the former Barreca’s space in Metairie.

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