Former Barreca’s location in Previous Metairie will reopen in March

In mid-March, a new seafood and Creole Italian restaurant will replace the now-closed Barreca’s at 3100 Metairie Road.

“We want to be a neighborhood restaurant. We want to be a family restaurant. We want to be approachable,” said Marv Ammari of Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, which purchased the site and is developing the restaurant.

Originally, Creole Cuisine planned to open a second location of its casual French Quarter restaurant Royal House Oyster Bar. Instead, the group has decided to place the former Barreca’s location under its fine dining division, which runs Kingfish, Tommy’s Cuisine and the recently opened Curio.

A name for the new restaurant has not yet been chosen.

Creole Cuisine, whose casual division in early December opened the sprawling Warehouse District restaurant and bar Flamingo A-Go-Go, has two other projects in the works once it completes the Old Metairie restaurant.

The Governor, a small plates Creole restaurant, will be built at 301 Chartres St. in a former bank.

“We feel the small plate is the future of the restaurant business,” Ammari said.

The company will also finally open a new restaurant at 3200 Burgundy St. in Bywater at the space that used to be Maurepas Foods.

Cristina Quackenbush, who ran the popular Filipino restaurant Milkfish, will lead that Bywater restaurant.


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