The owners of French Quarter institution Tujague’s Restaurant and Freret Street’s Bar Frances have been quietly working on a wine, cocktail, and charcuterie bar set to open on Magazine Street in early May [UPDATE: opening May 16].
Called Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar, it’s located in The Framework building between Thalia and Melpomene Streets, whose construction and brightly-wrapped exterior you’ve probably noticed if you’ve driven down Magazine in the Lower Garden District in recent months. As Eater reported in September, the building will also house the third location of Satsuma Cafe and the Krewe Eyewear headquarters.
Owners Mark and Candace Latter, who took over Tujague’s in 2013 after Steven Latter died, say the outdoor space will be like “no other” in the area, with a “promenade” or central arcade leading to the to the big outdoor courtyard, which will be protected from the elements. There is also an interior space with a central bar.
Claret doesn’t have a full kitchen, but will have an extensive list of charcuterie and cheeses, as well as small plates and snacks like smoked tuna dip, beef carpaccio, and marinated olives. The executive chef of Freret Street’s Bar Frances, Marcus Woodham, is helping set the menu. And while Latter’s most excited to flex his passion for wine, you can also expect craft cocktails and dozens of beers.
Set for an early May opening, tentative opening hours are Monday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on Thursday), 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
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