Two years after relaunching in the LGD, Creole gem The Munch Factory will expand with a return to its original Gentilly neighborhood. A new location is set for the Joseph M. Bartholomew golf course, just a few blocks from where the restaurant first got its start eight years ago.
The City announced Tuesday, July 16 that it awarded a contract to operate the clubhouse restaurant at the course to Alexis and Jordan Ruiz’s Munch Factory. Projected to open in September, it’s the second location for the restaurant, which relocated to the LGD from Gentilly in 2017. That year the Munch Factory was also tapped for a slew of restaurants set to inhabit the new much-awaited, and much-delayed, MSY airport terminal.
The pair hoped to return to Gentilly one day after landing in a new home on Sophie Wright Place, where they gained ample seating, a private dining space, and a big kitchen. Among fans of the Munch Factory’s modern comfort food are are Jay-Z and Beyonce, who visited last year after their concert and sampled the signature oysters Gentilly and bread pudding. The Ruiz’s other Creole-style offerings are duck and waffles, shrimp and grits, and a customer favorite, the Munchin’ wings.
The Gentilly location of the Munch Factory (6514 Congress Drive), previously home to Lenora’s Grill, will open in September.
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