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Le Chat Noir Closes Abruptly, Citing New Orleans’s Slow Summer Season

It’s a surprising outcome for the seafood restaurant less than two years after opening

Overhead view of plates containing anchovies in vinaigrette, spiny lobster in sauce, and chicken liver mousse with toasted bread.
Dishes from Le Chat Noir.
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

It was an abrupt closure less than two weeks ago, one that came with no public notice or announcement. Co-owner James Reuter, who also owns Bearcat Cafe, told the newspaper that this year’s “summer slump” became unsustainable given the restaurant’s high overhead. Eater has reached out to management about whether staff were given any advance notice of the closure.

The dining room at Le Chat Noir.
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

There are no current plans for a new restaurant in the address, Rueter told the newspaper, and Temple is considering restaurant jobs outside of the city, unfortunately for New Orleans.

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Le Chat Noir

715 Saint Charles Avenue, , LA 70130 (504) 381-0045 Visit Website