(Photo: Tujague’s former location, looking in the direction of its new spot. | Dave Minsky)
Tujague’s reopened Monday at its newest location, 429 Decatur St., after relocating from its previous location four blocks away. The restaurant announced its reopening on social media last week.
The restaurant was formerly located at 823 Decatur St., where it operated for more than 100 years, or since 1914. The plan to relocate was reported in October 2019 and Tujague’s last dinner was held in June.
Opening week hours are Monday through Wednesday, from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Thursday (New Year’s Eve) from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday (New Year’s Day) from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Reservations are currently accepted, including for New Year’s Eve.
Tujague’s was founded by French immigrants Guillaume and Marie Abadie Tujague, who opened the restaurant in 1856. It’s known as the “second oldest” restaurant in New Orleans.
Other than its longevity, Tujague’s is noted for its historic furniture, including the “oldest” stand-up bar and a mirror imported from Paris, which predates the restaurant and, allegedly, the U.S. itself, according to its website.
In addition, the grasshopper cocktail, a cocktail typically made with creme de menthe, creme de cacao and cream is believed to be invented here.