A bustling section of Magazine Street will trade its coffee for wine when The Vintage moves into Rue de la Course’s space the first week of April.
With opening hours from morning to midnight, The Vintage won’t tie itself down to wine though. It’s plotting “next-level” beignets in flavors like matcha and s’mores; coffee; pressed juices; and kombucha; a weekend brunch menu with eggs; healthy, small plates for lunch; and late-night cheese fries, Nola.com reports.
Rue de la Course closed after several years in the spot, some of them bumpy. After Metairie-import, Puccino’s coffee shop, took over Rue’s long-time home across the street (now Rum House), Rue experienced a sort of identity crisis. Once known as “big Rue,” it took refuge in this smaller location in 2005 and continued to operate it until 2012, when the owners changed it to Ignatius, a cafe named for the main character in Confederacy of Dunces they had previously been running further down the street (now Saucy’s). Puccino’s coffee shop eventually closed and became Rum House, and Ignatius turned back into Rue a couple years ago.
Though the city was once dotted with Rue de la Course coffee shops, only the Carrollton and Oak Street location remains.
Paul McGoey, the CEO of OnePack (which owns New Orleans Coffee and Beignet Co. and Legacy Kitchen) will operate The Vintage.
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