Gris-Gris, Compere Lapin among latest New Orleans restaurants reopening for dine-in service

Diners can venture to more New Orleans restaurants reopening after shutting down earlier during the pandemic.

After only opening for private events since this summer, chef Eric Cook will once again reopen doors for dine-in service starting Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Gris-Gris announced it will resume regular service for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch at the Lower Garden District restaurant on Magazine Street.

Gris-Gris reopens for dine-in service on Magazine Street. Photo credit: Randy Schmidt

Cook said he’s feeling the positive vibes after finally having his restaurant family back together. The casual neighborhood restaurant made headlines early on during the pandemic after an employee-positive COVID-19 test forced them to close.

“We’ve learned a lot on this rollercoaster of emotions we’ve been on since March,” Cook said. “Most importantly, we need to slow down and appreciate the joy that is happening around us every day, every time we welcome friends into our restaurant.”

In a move to survive this summer during the pandemic, the restaurant switched gears with a new business model by booking private dining events tailored to small groups. Cook also made an appearance on “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted” in June.

Gris-Gris reopens for dine-in service on Magazine Street. Photo credit: Randy Schmidt

Now, Gris-Gris returns to serve favorites like the Oyster BLT, chicken and andouille gumbo, shrimp and grits and chicken and dumplings.

“We are part of an amazing community that is very unique in our passion for hospitality and culture,” Cook said. “We need to live that history and keep it alive for the world to see our unity and strength that we celebrate in this great city.”

The Magazine Street restaurant has outdoor seating on the outdoor patio/balcony, upstairs dining room seating and dining counter seating at the chef’s kitchen table.

“I’m going to learn to love this opportunity that we’re so blessed to have, be thankful and share our love of New Orleans with everyone we meet. I think we all have been reminded that ‘We know what it means to miss New Orleans,'” Cook said.

Gris-Gris will open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Source: Compere Lapin via Facebook

In the Central Business District, James Beard-winning chef Nina Compton gears up to reopen her flagship restaurant Compère Lapin on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

For now, the restaurant will reopen for dinner service only, with additional days and meal periods to come.

Upon reopening the restaurant inside the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery on Tchoupitoulas Street, guests can expect some new dishes along with enhanced safety protocols.

A few of the new plates hitting the menu include cripsy fried pickles with “Comeback Sauce,” spiced half chicken with red rice and chow chow and ricotta agnolotti with butternut squash and mint.

“We wanted to wait until we knew we could give our customers the experience they’re used to, while still keeping our staff and guests safe,” Compton said. “We can’t wait to get back into the restaurant and see all of the familiar faces who’ve been a part of the CL family since we opened.”

Diners can once again experience Compton’s bold, flavorful cuisine blending her Caribbean roots, French training and Italian technique.

Initially, Compère Lapin will open for dinner only Wednesday through Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and the restaurant says they expect to add more days and hours in the future.