On May 22nd, 1796, Jean-Francois-Marmontel and Andre Getry’s one-act comic opera Sylvain was performed in New Orleans. That same year, construction was completed on a three-story carriage house at what is now 625 Chartres Street by local landmark developer Don Andres Almonaster y Roxas.
Since then, the building has been owned by numerous New Orleans dignitaries and characters, including notorious French Quarter Madame Aunt Rose Arnold who presided over her own Storyville brothel and lived at 625 Chartres during the 1920s. Standing over six feet tall, Aunt Rose was an imposing figure and friend of many of the neighborhood’s bohemians as well as friend of famous authors; Sherwood Anderson who wrote of her in “A Meeting South” and Faulkner is also believed to have used her as his muse, patterning his character “Miss Reba” after her in “Sanctuary” and “The Reivers.”
Although the world may have changed since the days of Almonaster, Faulkner and Miss Reba, New Orleans has managed to maintain its reverence for tradition. Much like the first opera ever performed here, the city still places a premium on those attributes of culture, inventiveness, and knowing how to have a damn good time.
In our kitchen, Chef Alex Harrell’s brings a straightforward, no-nonsense approach to cooking and sourcing the best ingredients from the southern United States. This approach carries over to our bar program that leans hard on the classics while leaving room for interpretation (as well as a healthy reverence for American whiskey).
We look forward to seeing you.