Three months into 2021, the Louisiana and New Orleans restaurant world is gradually opening back up, amid all-time lows of COVID-19 and expanded vaccine eligibility that finally includes restaurant and hospitality workers. New Orleans experienced some devastating restaurant closures in 2020, but the damage — thus far— to the city’s famous restaurant industry has been less than initially feared.
Of course, restaurants close even when there isn’t a public health crisis ravaging the industry, so here Eater keeps track of all the important food world closures New Orleans diners need to know about. These are the New Orleans establishments that have closed their doors permanently in 2021, rather than temporarily due to changing pandemic restrictions. If you know of a restaurant, bar, or cafe that has closed for good, let us know about it.
Trilly Cheesesteaks — The excellent Philly cheesesteak kitchen with a vegan version of every sandwich on the menu has closed up shop at 4413 Banks Street, it announced on Instagram last week. The sandwich shop is, however, actively looking for a new home and hopes to reopen soon in a new location. The one-time mobile operation opened on Banks Street in May 2018, stunning diners with its traditional and vegan versions of the Philly favorite — steak, chicken, buffalo chicken, and barbecue chicken, as well as vegan versions of all the above made with seitan. It’s last day in its former Mid City address was Thursday, March 25.
Avery’s on Tulane — Avery’s opened in 2012 as a sort of new-wave po’ boy shop, but was promptly welcomed to the city’s famous po’ boy scene due to high-quality ingredients, attention to detail, and over-the-top options, like buffalo shrimp and blue cheese; the “Fire in the Hole” made with hot sausage, pepper jack, and jalepeños; and the “Danimal,” a combo of a beef patty, hot sausage, egg, onion ring, and Sriracha mayo. The family-run shop first closed temporarily over the summer after months of intermittent operation during the pandemic, but owners Christy and Justin Pitard have since decided to close permanently, they told Ian McNulty at NOLA.com this week. The couple is still deciding whether they will put the business up for sale.
Longway Tavern — The nearly three year old gastropub from New Orleans restauranteur Robert LeBlanc (whose group also owns Sylvain, Barrel Proof, and Cavan) had its last day on February 14, 2021. Through an announcement on Instagram, owners called the past year “one of challenge and transformation” that prompted them to “reflect on our overarching mission of 21st century hospitality and how we can best serve the French Quarter community.” LeBlanc + Smith noted, however, that they wouldn’t be abandoning the location and that there were “exciting” updates to come for the small Toulouse Street space (which is beautiful). It’s the second restaurant under the LeBlanc + Smith umbrella to close in the last year; longtime French Quarter bistro Meauxbar closed for good in October 2020.
Carrollton Market — The first devastating restaurant closure of 2021 came in January when chef and owner of acclaimed Uptown bistro Carrollton Market Jason Goodenough announced its permanent closure. He explained that the decision was not a financial one, but rather because he found during the pandemic that “his passion for the craft has turned to apathy and my love of serving people has turned into disdain.” Most notably, in December 2020, the chef shared his exasperation with a customer complaint about a “Black Lives Matter” sign hanging in the restaurant’s window, going viral for his response that included donating funds to BLM-aligned nonprofits in the person’s name. Open since 2016, Carrollton Market gained a loyal following for Goodenough’s upscale, contemporary Southern food and the restaurant’s homey feel — Goodenough said he may sell the building and business itself or keep the building and rent the space.
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- New Orleans Restaurant Closings [ENOLA]