A former service station at the corner of Freret and Valence Streets that’s sat empty for the past four years is currently undergoing construction to turn it into a restaurant, reports UptownMessenger.com. And the building’s transformation is being overseen by a founding partner and the designer behind Freret Street cocktail destination Cure, Matt Kohnke, and his design firm MNK Design/Build.
According to the website, work has been underway at the former Freret Service Station for a few months now, and a recent renovation permit filed with the city sheds light on the builder’s plans. A proposed floor plan shows a 3,000-square-foot indoor area (set in from the street, utilizing the existing structure), and a large outdoor dining space of more than 1,000 square feet, just off the sidewalk on Freret Street.
Kohnke partnered with Neal Bodenheimer and Kirk Estopinal to open cocktail bar Cure on Freret Street in 2009. The bar’s success is often credited with helping kick off a wave of new businesses opening on the street and turning the Freret corridor into a neighborhood dining destination. He also helped design the lovely Cafe Henri in the Bywater, closed for two years now, and French Quarter hideaway Cane & Table.
A spokeswoman for the project told UptownMessenger.com that plans for the restaurant beyond the architecture are still in the works. Eater has reached out to MNK Design/Build and will update with new information if we hear back.
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- Restaurant with bar, outdoor dining space planned for former Freret Service Center [UPTOWNMESSENGER.COM]
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