Restaurant Broussard's originally opened for business in New Orleans around 1920, fusing together both Parisian and Italian/Creole cuisines. The joint delighted patrons for decades with its great food and expansive courtyard. But in early 2013, new ownership took over and shut down the restaurant for renovations.
A delicious meal courtesy of Broussard's — Photo courtesy of Broussard's
The new owners wanted to revive the old building, putting over $1 million into the renovation. Most of the cash went into upgrading and putting more focus on the bar space. The new bar will now be known as Empire Bar.
The bar will offer a few variations of the famous Napoleon drink, as well as other "exotic concoctions." The El Libertador is a big hit, made with Angostura 5 Year Trinidad & Tobago Rum and Angostura Aromatic Bitters. Empire Bar isn't your "Jack and coke" kind of a place, though you wouldn't be shunned for ordering one.
Now fully reopened, the restaurant will serve dinner nightly. The menu is still packed full with some great entrees, including the dry-aged New York strip, slow-roasted half pheasant and the wild mushroom dusted ostrich fillet.
Guests used to come out to enjoy an evening on the courtyard, sipping finely crafted cocktails while enjoying the fare with friends and family. They missed out on a few months, but will be dying to come back now that Broussard's has been fully restored.