Creole Kitchen’s Dining Room Reopened This Month
The dining room at Creole Kitchen, 1052 Mt. Vernon Ave., is finally open for use after two years of construction, but that’s not all that has changed. The old dining area, limited to three or four tables, has been expanded to a space allowing for dozens more people and opening up more opportunities for the restaurant.
What started as a carryout-centric business will now be both carryout and full service, fitting between 65 and 70 people in its bigger, more New Orleans-inspired dining room.
“So when you come in, you can truly get that New Orleans kind of feel,” said Antoinette Parks, CEO of Creole Kitchen and daughter of the restaurant’s founder and chef Henry Butcher. “I kind of took a lot of the decorations and how they do stuff down there and brought it back up here.”
The transformation is more than surface level, though. With the extra square feet, they have big plans, including a venue for people to enjoy and engage in performances of poetry, spoken word, and jazz.
Though they officially hosted their soft opening on December 19th, it will still be a month or two before their entertainment concept is fully fleshed out. Parks said they’re looking for it to be established in February. In the meantime, guests who eat in can enjoy the five new dining room-exclusive chicken dishes Creole Kitchen added to the menu. Parks said Creole Kitchen will offer beer and wine menus as well, but are still waiting on approval for their license, which should be arriving soon.
With the additional space came more hours as well. Creole Kitchen is now open for carryout Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The dining room will open Monday through Thursday at 11 a.m., closing at 9 p.m. on Thursday and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. It’ll be closed from 3 to 4 p.m. every day. They added Sunday hours as well, staying open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information visit www.creolekitchen.biz.
Photos by Walker Evans.