Chef/Restaurateur Emeril Lagasse has announced his dedication to the rebuilding of the city of New Orleans. Lagasse plans to reopen his New Orleans restaurants as soon as possible. Until the New Orleans locations can be reopened, the group has tried to place as many employees as possible at existing related restaurants – many have relocated to Atlanta, Orlando, Miami and Las Vegas where they have family or friends. Emeril's employees are encouraged to call a toll-free number to 1-877-578-8884 to let the restaurants know where they are and how they and their families are doing.
Dickie Brennan, Steve Pettus,Lauren Brennan Brower and their families are safe. They will re-open their New Orleans restaurants: Palace Cafe, Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, and Bourbon House as soon as possible. The damage to these French Quarter restaurants is yet to be determined. In the interium, Dickie is seeking a Baton Rouge restaurant location with the goal of creating economic opportunities for his employees. We'll keep you posted of the progress. Anyone who needs to reach them should write to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll soon have the former Palace Cafe cookbook line rerouted to Baton Rouge 1-800-691-8313.
Mimi's Restaurant in River Ridge (30 years in 2005) made it, and reports that they will re-open as soon as possible. The carpet is damaged but that is all.