The Yard opens near lower French Quarter; replaces NOLA Cantina

(Photo: the courtyard of NOLA Cantina, now The Yard. Michelle Q | Yelp)
The Yard, a restaurant and full-service bar located at 405 Frenchmen St. at the corner of Esplanade Avenue, opened on Wednesday.

According to its Facebook page, The Yard is a concept by the owners of the French Quarter’s Backspace Bar and Kitchen, Robert Watters—who founded RCI Hospitality Holdings, which owns Rick’s Cabaret.

The Yard replaced NOLA Cantina, which was also owned by Watters, according to state business filings, and was reported closed sometime in January.

The new Frenchmen/Esplanade location comes with indoor and courtyard dining and a menu that includes items such as Cuban sandwiches, burgers, wings, wraps and Cajun poutine.

The Yard, 405 Frenchmen St., 504-266-2848. Open 12 to 10 p.m. Mask required for entry.