New Orleans Second Oldest Restaurant Relocates
If you’ve ever had a list of restaurants in New Orleans that you must try, there is no doubt that Tujague’s was on that list. It’s one of those historical restaurants that has become a part of many family traditions. The second-oldest restaurant in New Orleans has given many families memories of a lifetime including family dinners for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tujaque’s has big plans and you need to know about them.
After the coronavirus pandemic had many businesses shut down for months, Tujague’s will be reopening. But this reopening will be different. When they reopen it will be for a ‘Farewell Dinner Series’ June 25-28. This will give you one more chance to dine in the historic staple before they move.
Wait, what? Move? First opened in 1856, Tujague’s was located at 811 Decatur and moved in 1914 to 823 Decatur. They are now moving to a new address. According to Nola.com, they will be moving to a building that dates back to the 1840s where Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. was previously located. This will give Tujague’s double the size for operation. The relocation is scheduled to happen in August 2020.
Owner, Mark Latter told The Times-Picayune that in order to keep the traditions everyone loves, they have to move.
We can’t do what we’ve always done and survive. We have to change, and that’s what this comes down to. - Mark Latter
The new location will undergo a renovation which will give it the Tujague’s vibe. They plan on using some of the original restaurant’s fixtures. The legendary bar that always drew a crowd will not make the move due to its condition. Latter said the plaster back bar was too fragile to survive the move. You should try to get over there before the move to enjoy a Sazerac or two, and raise a glass to the cherished bar one last time. And if you’re like me, take a lot of pics.