Justine, the new French Quarter brasserie on Chartres Street from chef Justin Devillier and his wife Mia Freiberger-Devillier, was still a mess on Wednesday (Oct. 10). Dust from the terrazzo tile was everywhere. The herringbone patterned wood floors had yet to be installed, along with the banquettes and light fixtures. And conversations were often interrupted by the buzz of a saw.
“At first, when it was totally empty, it felt really big,” Justin Devillier said. “Then we started doing stuff, and it felt really small. Now that we’re starting to finish, it’s feels really big again.”
Justine, named for how the French mispronounced Justin Devillier’s name when he traveled there, is big. The restaurant will seat more 200, including 14 stools at the long, zinc bar and 25 spaces on a glassed-in back patio.
The front of the restaurant has doors that can be opened onto street and windows in the back that can be closed, so the air conditioning doesn’t escape from the wide-open, high-ceilinged main dining room.
The restaurant, in a space that used to be a Hurwitz-Mintz furniture store, is being designed by the local firm Farouki Farouki.
The Devilliers took several trips to France to eat and scavenge for architectural details. Their most prominent find was a metal marquee from an early 20th century butcher shop that now hangs above the semi-open kitchen.
A chef de cuisine has not yet been named for the restaurant. Justin Devillier would give only a few details about the food, saying it would be a contemporary interpretation of classic French brasserie fare.
“First and foremost, we’re trying to do something that’s really French Quarter and really New Orleans,” he said. “All the restaurants that we’ve done so far have been rooted in French cuisine.”
Justine is designed to be versatile, offering a place for a casual lunch, to sip rosé in the afternoon or to celebrate a special occasion.
More than anything, the couple wants Justine to fun. By the host stand, they even plan to set up a DJ booth for events like a Johnny Cash brunch or a Friday night of David Bowie tunes.
“A lot of the Parisian stuff we like has traditional food and service with a very fresh attitude,” Justin said. “We just want people to come here because it’s fun.”
Justine: 225 Chartres St., New Orleans (opens end of the year)
Join dining writer Todd Price for the next Taste Club on Oct. 23 at Freret Beer Room. See www.ToddPriceTasteClub.com for tickets and details.
- Blakey reveals exactly how Bluebirds can shock Arsenal
- French applaud EU copyright reform vote
- Manchester Food and Drink Awards 2018 winners revealed
- French vegan fest off the menu amid fears of butchers’ revenge
- Winners of 2018 Hull and East Yorkshire Digital Awards revealed
- Revealed: Priti Patel received £17' payout after being forced to quit
- Design revealed for new HS2 interchange station in Solihull
- 'Truly remarkable': Ralph Riegel reveals the 'slick operation' inside the Papal bubble
- Disney has announced all its film releases in the next three years, including Toy Story 4, Frozen 2 and Maleficent 2
- Britain's best hotels for an autumn city break
- Red Dead Redemption 2: HUGE news for PS4,Xbox fans before Rockstar's next big release date
- 11 of Princess Diana’s favourite places in London
- RL RECAP: Hastings rumours aplenty and clubs chasing KR duo
- Caroline Flack jets off to Saint Lucia with on-off fiance Andrew Brady in a last ditch attempt to save their relationship
- PS5 Release Date NEWS: Sony PlayStation updates and latest developer gameplay comments
- PS5 Games UPDATE: Release Date news suggest Avengers PS4 game could come to PlayStation 5
- Welcome to the Ryder Cup, still the ultimate test of golfing nerve
- PS5 Release Date News: BIG Sony PlayStation PSN update and latest dev gameplay comments
- POLITICO London Playbook, presented by Long Live The Local: Lobby reshuffle scoop — ‘Hell Week’ is upon us — Race to the top
- Black Ops 4 BETA End Date: What time does Blackout Call of Duty Beta finish on PS4, Xbox?
Justin Devillier reveals more details about his upcoming French Quarter brasserie have 703 words, post on www.nola.com at October 11, 2018. This is cached page on Talk Vietnam. If you want remove this page, please contact us.