Nola.com reports that Bill Jones will open Blue Giant in partnership with Richard Horner at 1300 Magazine Street this spring, calling it “straightforward American-Chinese food with the best ingredients we can find.” The space previously housed the Abstract Book Shop.
Richard Horner cooked at Garden District favorite Coquette and was then the chef de cuisine at the now-closed Olivia in Austin. Horner will run the bar and dining room while Jones will run the kitchen.
The rotating menu at Blue Giant will include peking duck, fried rice, egg foo young, shrimp wontons, blue crab rangoon, dan dan noodles and blanched bok choy with a sauce made from Louisiana oysters.
Jones, who also spent time working in Chicago, grew up on the North Shore eating at Chinese restaurant Trey Yuen. The pair acknowledges that neither is of Chinese heritage and that the dishes on Blue Giant’s future menu wouldn’t be found in China.
Blue Giant is set to open in April 2019.
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