A new project from New Orleans restaurant group Dickie Brennan & Co. emerges as the latest effort to help laid-off hospitality, service industry and gig economy workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Commissary, a 6,000 square-foot commercial kitchen in the Lower Garden District, was initially designed as a mixed-use, central hub for Dickie Brennan group restaurants, as well as, a market and eatery for the public.
Now, in the age of COVID-19, the space has transitioned to offer free “extended family meals” to hospitality workers, musicians and others out of work. The Commissary also officially opens to the public, launching family-style to-go meals and DIY meal kits for home cooking, starting on Thursday, April 30.
Pre-orders can be placed online via the website with pick-ups between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Download the to-go menu here: The Commissary To-Go Menu
The Commissary’s limited to-go menu features favorites from the Dickie Brennan & Co. family of restaurants like crabmeat cheesecake, turtle soup, gumbo ya ya and pulled pork debris pie. DIY meal kits to cook at home include steak, pizza, seafood and charcuterie packages. Most menu items are portioned to serve multiple family members.
“We don’t have all the answers, but we know that food provides more than just a full belly. It provides comfort, emotional nourishment and a sense of community,” the Dickie Brennan & Co. Family said in a message announcing the opening.
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We’re cooking now!!!!! In the midst of the craziest time ever, @thecommissary_nola is opening its doors to help feed out of work hospitality industry workers and musicians – two groups of people who typically help feed and nourish the souls of all New Orleanians. We are also beginning a To-Go program for people to purchase meals for pick-up starting this Thursday!!! Place orders online through our website or give us a call at 504.274.1850. We are so excited and honored to be able to feed our community!! #nolastrong #letseat. ****CORRECTION – Starting NEXT Thursday!!!*** #woops 🤷🏼♀️
The Commissary will also host another “extended family meal” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 1. The eatery will once again prepare free meals to give away to team members, hospitality workers, musicians and other gig workers.
Cars can drive-through via St. Thomas Street to pick up meals curbside. This Friday’s drive-through will feature live music from the Joe Simon Jazz Band.
“We hope to continue these meals for the foreseeable future,” Dickie Brennan & Co. said.
Under the original plan for the Commissary, the facility was set to open in April. The Commissary was intended to allow restaurants to prepare foods in the commercial kitchen; sell house-butchered meats, seafood and prepackaged dishes and serve meals and cocktails through an in-house bar and eatery.
“Our first goal in this new, temporary world is to feed the community that feeds us,” the company said.
The Commissary is located at 634 Orange Street in New Orleans.
For more information, visit the website.
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