Initially hoping to open in the fall, James Beard award-winning chef Justin Devillier and his wife Mia Freiberger-Devillier have been working on their new project Justine since summer. The pair snagged Seaworthy’s former chef Dan Causgrove, who previously worked for Devillier for five years as his sous at La Petite, to serve as the restaurant’s executive chef.
Justine is located in the historic May & Ellis building (formerly the Hurwitz Mintz building) at 225 Chartres Street. The 200-seat, grand-hall style restaurant designed by New Orleans-based design firm Farouki Farouki features antique brass, vintage artwork and lighting, and diamond-patterned smoked glass mirrors. An outdoor dining space with a custom “absinthe decanter-inspired” fountain, and lots of greenery aims to bookend the distinctly Parisian feel of the space.
Justine will open its doors at 4 p.m. on opening night, with dinner service running from 5:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. Dinner will be served seven days a week from 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m., with late night hours from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
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