Commander’s Palace to Reopen Dining Room, Debut Takeout Spot
NEW ORLEANS – After months of closure due to Covid-19, the team at Commander’s Palace, one of New Orleans’ most iconic restaurants, said it is eager to get back to “serving friends, family and the community.” Doors will reopen on Friday, Sept. 11.
In a statement, the Louisiana Creole restaurant said it is “taking every precaution and ensuring we are staying safe and healthy. The dining rooms will look different with more space in between the tables, masks will be required and worn by employees. Dinner will be served seven nights a week starting at 6 p.m., and jazz brunch will continue on weekends. That wouldn’t be possible without our live jazz music, which we are taking out on the patio to play.”
Commander’s said there will be new menu items.
“The new version of pecan crusted gulf fish is made with a crab fat butter, a tip of the hat to our Cajun influence, but the addition of grilled kale with the melted leeks creates a fresh twist on it. Our bone marrow grilled black Angus beef is made of tournedos of Harris Ranch tenderloin, chargrilled onions, caramelized garlic and Brabant potatoes with Bordeaux escargot demiglace and bone marrow butter. The new Cafe Pierre lacquered quail brings things even closer to home. Cafe Pierre is a flaming coffee drink invented by our family. It is a true treat to end an evening with the showmanship of one of our captains pouring the flaming coffee from glass to glass. The smokey boudin stuffing and the cane vinegar braised cabbage makes for our newest favorite version of quail at Commander’s Palace.”
Alongside the reopening, Commander’s is debuting Le Petit Bleu, a new Garden District to-go spot located next door to the original restaurant. The place is, in fact, “petite.” It’s just one room. Customers can “pick up the crabmeat ravigote, a muffaletta, or our miso roasted forest mushroom pasta with cashew cream and summer truffles.” Call ahead or just stop in.
“Our CFO wants to kill us but we have been eyeing the front of our accounting office for Le Petit Bleu right across from the cemetery for a couple years,” said Commander’s co-proprietor Lally Brennan. “Poor thing we pushed her out, but wait ’til you see it. It’s cute as a button with floor to ceiling Commander’s blue stripes. We took a page from Aunt Adelaide who said, ‘aqua blue paint doesn’t cost any more than beige.’ Now you all can do what I get to do, bring Commander’s favorites home and pretend you cooked them!”
Commander’s Palace Current Hours of Operation
Dinner seven days a week starting at 6 p.m.
Jazz brunch Saturday and Sunday starting at 11 a.m. and 10 a.m. respectively
Reservations required – lines are open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Le Petit Bleu Current Hours of Operation
Seven days a week; open 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Hot takeout will begin at 6 p.m.