Banana Blossom Thai Cafe, a family-run gem that’s been serving contemporary Thai food on the West Bank for a decade, is partnering with BRG Hospitality for a new Uptown restaurant, reports Ian McNulty. The as-yet unnamed establishment will take over the space formerly home to Warbucks, a BRG (formerly Besh Restaurant Group) project that closed last summer after just eight months.
Owner Jimmy Cho opened Banana Blossom in a Gretna strip mall in 2009, relocating to its current, bigger home two years ago. On Wednesday, Banana Blossom’s Facebook page showed a photo of Cho and BRG founding owner John Besh at the West Bank restaurant with a caption reading, “our new regular customer.”
Cho told McNulty that while the restaurant will focus on Thai cooking it will be different from Banana Blossom — “more of what you’d have if you came to my mother’s house.” BRG chief executive officer Shannon White told McNulty that further details will be announced “after Mardi Gras.”
Besh’s restaurant group was renamed BRG Hospitality two years ago after dozens of reports of sexual misconduct within the company and a very public split from Saba chef Alon Shaya. Besh stepped down as CEO amid the scandal, but as of November 2018 remained an owner in the group that operates seven restaurants in New Orleans.
The first restaurant to open under the rebranded company’s portfolio was Warbucks, a ‘skate-inspired’, modern comfort food spot led by chef Todd Pulsinelli. Since its closure in July, BRG has opened a second location of Pizza Domenica in Mid City.
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