NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – A New Orleans culinary institution abruptly closed its doors this morning: the iconic Brennan’s Restaurant on Royal Street was locked shut by the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Department, disappointing would-be dinners and stunning employees.
For 67 years, Brennan’s has stood as a dining landmark in the heart of the French Quarter. As of Friday morning, the restaurant is closed and its future is up in the air.
No breakfast today at Brennan’s, and none of its famous invention Bananas Foster for dessert.
Employees who showed up at the restaurant Friday morning received their paychecks, but they weren’t allowed to go inside.
Brennan’s future has been murky for months now. The Brennan family has been squabbling over who will run the flagship restaurant of the internationally known Brennan family brand and reputation.
“We are in the legal system fighting the fight and hopefully on Monday we’ll have some more news on what direction we’re headed,” Blake Brennan said in a news conference outside the restaurant Friday morning.
The building at 417 Royal Street has been listed on the Sheriff’s Auction of foreclosed properties recently, signaling trouble was afoot.
“The previous owners and shareholders, Ted Brennan and Bridget Brennan Tyrrell kind of ran the business into the ground and my family have affected, through the legal system, taking over Brennan’s again on June 10,” Brennan told reporters. “I am an acting officer and director of the corporation since that date and we’re fighting the fight to save this wonderful historical building and business for the city.”
So Brennan’s is closed for the weekend, at least. Brennan says he hopes to have it back up and running by Monday.