New Orleans’ biggest restaurant and cocktail bar, The Boulangerie, will reopen for a limited time this month as part of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Owner Matt Boulengerie told The Advocate the decision to open the restaurant, which opened in 2014, came after “a lot of research and consideration.”
“We’re always looking for ways to do more,” he said.
“We’re trying to bring the best out of ourselves.”
Boullerie, who plans to continue operating The Bouls, told the Advocate he plans to offer more wine and beer as well as seasonal menus.
He said the restaurant’s original menu of appetizers and sides will be made available for guests to sample as they arrive.
“We’ve had some really great people that have come in and said, ‘Hey, we want to come back,’ ” he said, adding that he hopes to see more restaurants come back to the city as the festival winds down.
Boulengerierie has owned the restaurant for 10 years and said it has been a great experience for him, his wife and the restaurant staff.
“I love our employees, we love our customers, we know that’s what we do.
That’s our job, and we love it,” he told the newspaper.”
Our mission is to bring you a unique experience and to bring in a different crowd,” he added.
Bouls owner Matt Bouls said the idea to reopen The Bolls was sparked when he heard about the Jazz and Heralds celebration in New Orleans.
Bolls was born in the state of Louisiana and has been in New York City for a decade.
“It’s just a natural progression,” he explained.
“It’s been so long since we’ve had a real big celebration, a really big music festival.”
Boulangeries hopes to make the event a success, but the chef said he plans on working with the festival organizers to ensure they get it right.
“The goal is that we’re going to try to get the festival to be a great event, and it’s a great opportunity to get a new, different kind of crowd out to the festival,” he continued.
“If we’re not there, it’s not going to be great.”