Congregation Coffee’s Algiers Point cafe, located at 240 Pelican Avenue, reopened for business this week after a six-month hiatus. The revival of the beloved New Orleans coffee brand and cafe comes after Patrick Brennan, a member of the Ralph Brennan restaurant family, acquired the company from founder Eliot Guthrie in October, vowing to restart and grow its operations. The cafe is now open Thursday through Monday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Congregation’s coffee is for sale online for weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly home delivery. Brennan previously said he plans to expand Congregation with additional coffee shops in New Orleans.
Central Grocery will reopen after New Year’s
More than two years after losing its roof during Hurricane Ida, Central Grocery is close to reopening. The historic muffuletta maker and beloved market put out a call for new hires on Instagram this week, telling a commenter that it anticipates a return after the New Year. Owner Tommy Tusa embarked on a complete rebuild of the building at 923 Decatur Street following the damage it received during Hurricane Ida in September 2021, recreating the store to be a mostly familiar space that will now be accessible to wheelchair users.
Philly-born hoagie chain lands in New Orleans
New Orleans is now home to PrimoHoagies, a 30-year-old, Philadelphia-born sandwich shop with more than 100 locations nationwide. A Tulane graduate and New Orleans resident, William Kulick, opened the first New Orleans outpost of the restaurant this week at 8228 Oak Street, serving classic Italian-style hoagies, Philly cheesesteaks, and hot meatball sandwiches from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Bearcat Cafe opens bakery
A popular, vegan-friendly brunch and lunch spot with two New Orleans locations is expanding with its first bakery, Bearcat Baked, in the heart of the Warehouse District. The coffee shop and bakery is opening on December 4 at 726 Julia Street, bringing Bearcat Cafe signature pastries like a churro doughnut, peach cobbler muffin, and coffee cake to the space most recently home to Paulie Gee’s Pizza.