METAIRIE, (WGNO) – The beignets are sizzling, customers are happy, and employees are relieved. Metairie’s Morning Call is not going anywhere anytime soon.
V.P. of Morning Call Inc. Bob Hennessey says, “I just met with the landlord and we’ve come to an agreement.”
Just weeks before their existing lease was to expire and an increase in rent was said to drive them out, Hennessey announces they’re staying.
“We have a loyal clientele in Metairie. We’ve been here for 40 years and it’s been good to us, you know? I figured if we could work out the terms of the lease it would be nice to stay here,” explains Hennessey.
Hennessey has been working at Morning Call since he was 14. The business has been in the family since 1870, and while his 88-year-old mother still sits at the helm, he and his brother added a City Park location. He says now they’ll focus on upgrading the Metairie location and expanding its menu.
“A little painting, maybe we’re going to redo the chairs kind of like what we have at City Park, and as far as the menu we may expand the menu slightly. We’re talking about some alcoholic beverages; we’re going to do like an Irish coffee, wine, perhaps a little beer,” says Hennessey.
Two staples that will not be getting a facelift: Morning Call’s beignets and coffee.
“You know, if it’s not broke don’t fix it,” exclaims Hennessey