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tujagues After widespread speculation, the new owner of Tujague’s Restaurant is setting the record straight.

The historic French Quarter eatery will remain open.

Tujague’s Restaurant is here to stay!

That’s the word from new owner Mark Latter who says he’s signed a long-term lease.

It’s comforting news to long-time customers.

Many worried about the restaurant’s future; when former owner Steven Latter died in February.

“Everybody is town was talking about it, worrying about it, wondering about it, because this is a very historic place,” Sandy Shahady said. “Presidents have eaten here.”

The popular eatery will remain in the family.

“Well my father built a legacy here; he touched a lot of people,” Mark Latter said. “I just want to continue his legacy.”

Since 1856 Tujague’s Restaurant has been something of a landmark.

Located in the heart of the French Quarter across from Jackson square, it began as a popular lunch spot for dock and French Market workers.

Over the years it’s become famous for its preset, five-course dinners.

Brenda Pacley has worked in the kitchen 43-years.

“Time passed by so fast and I had so much fun doing it, so it’s a nice feeling,” Pacley said.

She’s looking forward to the future, and a few changes in the works.

“We’re very excited about hiring a new local chef and moving on to an a la carte menu,” Latter said.

Everywhere you look, there’s a bit of history immortalized in old photos.

They’ll remain, but the place will get a face-lift.

“Nothing structural, Latter explained. “We’re going to do a little bit to this room.” “We’re going to repaint, new light fixtures, put some crown molding up; give it a more classic feel.”

“To keep it in the family, and keep it historic is just really wonderful news for the city; and I’m really happy about it,” Shahady said.

Room by room renovations are set to begin soon.

A block-party style re-grand opening celebration has been set for the end of August.