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.