After nearly eight months of buzzy anticipation, Chris Hannah and Nick Detrich’s resurrection of a classic 19th century New Orleans bar, Jewel of the South, finally comes to fruition tomorrow.
Hannah’s name and image were synonymous with Arnaud’s French 75 bar for 14 years, culminating in a James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program in 2017. After leaving the legendary bar this past summer, he opened Eater New Orleans’ best new bar of 2018, Cuban hideaway Manolito, with fellow big deal bartenders Detrich and Konrad Kantor. Detrich made a name for himself with the Caribbean-inspired Cane & Table, also in the French Quarter, which he left in March 2017 while staying on as a partner.
Now the pair opens the doors to their latest collaboration at 1026 St. Louis Street. The fine dining eatery on the quieter outskirts of the Quarter pays homage to the original bar of the same name, which interestingly was also the birthplace of the brandy crusta (Hannah’s bartending contributions at the French 75 include putting this historic cocktail back on the menu).
The restaurant has both upstairs and downstairs dining rooms, a courtyard, and 19th-century furniture including an antique bar originally from London. Check back with Eater for hours and menu details. UPDATE: Opening week hours are 7 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week, walk-ins only (for now).
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