Antoine’s Restaurant, Mena’s Palace to reopen this week after temporarily closing due to COVID-19 restrictions

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The French Quarter is coming back to life as two more restaurants are slated to reopen this week following months of closure due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

Mena’s Palace, located at 200 Chartres St., is scheduled to reopen on Thursday, Sept. 24.

The restaurant, which opened in Exchange Alley in the mid 1950s, relocated to the corner of Iberville and Chartres streets. Mena’s announced its temporary closure on March 20 following shutdowns related to the coronavirus.

Antoine’s Restaurant, located at 713 St. Louis St., announced on Friday that it will reopen its doors to the public on Sept 25. Antoine’s temporarily closed on March 16.

The restaurant will open for lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday and brunch on Sunday.

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Antoine’s is offering a limited menu for the fall and will including a three-course lunch special for $20.20 and a three-course dinner special for $42 in the main dining rooms.

For lunch and brunch, the restaurant will offer bottomless mimosas, sparkling wine and rose for $15 per person.

All private dining rooms are open and the restaurant is actively booking for future events. For private dining reservations, customers are asked to fill out the online inquiry form and a restaurant manager will follow up.

A la carte reservations can be made through OpenTable or calling the restaurant at 504-581-4422.

Antoine’s was founded in 1840 and is one of the oldest family-run restaurants in the U.S. It’s known for the birthplace of Oysters Rockefeller and other dishes.

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Port of Call reopens again

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A French Quarter burger joint has reopened again less than two weeks after briefing closing their doors following a to-go alcohol ban in the city last month.

Port of Call, located at 838 Esplanade Avenue, reopened Friday and for takeout and limited reserved outdoor seating. There is no indoor seating yet.

The restaurant announced on Aug. 5 that it will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Port of Call abruptly closed on July 25, one day after reopening following the COVID-19 shutdown and following a ban on to-go alcohol by New Orleans LaToya Cantrell in an effort to slow coronavirus spread.

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Hard Rock Cafe on Bourbon offers free Legendary Steak Burger to frontline health care workers

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The Hard Rock Cafe New Orleans is offering frontline health care workers a free menu item as an expression of gratitude for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hard Rock Cafe, located at 125 Bourbon St., is offering a free Legendary Steak Burger to health care workers, including doctors and nurses, with valid identification until July 31.

Visit hardrockcafe.com for more details.

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Port of Call briefly opens, abruptly closes; promises to reopen

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A popular burger joint in the French Quarter abruptly closed its doors on Saturday, one day after it reopened for business and after a new city COVID-19 restriction on restaurants.

Port of Call, located at 838 Esplanade Ave., closed on Saturday until further notice after reopening on Friday for takeout service.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell on Friday announced a ban on to-go alcoholic drinks as a measure to stop the spread of coronavirus. The restriction went into effect at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

But the closure isn’t permanent. The restaurant, also known for its baked potatoes and Monsoon mixed drinks, said it will reopen.

“We are not closing permanently,” the restaurant announced over social media on Saturday. “Just waiting for the right time to reopen.”

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K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen permanently closes due to COVID-19 restrictions

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K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, a famed upscale French Quarter restaurant, has closed permanently due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a spokeswoman.

In a statement released by spokeswoman Brenda Prudhomme on July 13, K-Paul’s has closed permanently due to government orders issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for the restaurant to stay open, according to the The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate.

K-Paul’s continued to operate on a take-out basis following state and local coronavirus-related orders in March shutting down restaurants for dine-in service. The restaurant announced a temporary closure in June.

The restaurant, located at 416 Chartres St., was founded by Louisiana-born celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme and his wife Kay in 1979, and became widely known for its Cajun and Creole menu.

Prudhomme died in 2015 while his wife died in 1986. His niece, Brenda, and her husband, chef Paul Miller, took over the business in 2015.